Take extra care on the Kings Highway this summer

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Since 2008, ACT Policing and the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership (KHRSP), have run an annual summer road safety campaign focusing on the Kings Highway. Since that first year of the campaign, the number of crashes on the busy route between the ACT and the South Coast has almost halved.

The campaign reminds drivers to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and remain patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic on the Kings Highway in the holiday season.

This year, the partnership wants drivers to know there will be an increased police presence along the full length of the highway.

To underscore that message this year’s campaign was launched with an event at Brooks Hill Reserve in Bungendore.

Speaking at the Bungendore event, ACT Policing Acting Superintendent Traffic Operations, Marcus Boorman said drivers should always be alert, but Canberrans heading to the coast this summer should be prepared for extra challenges.

“The early start to this bushfire season has had an impact on the Kings Highway. There have already been several lengthy closures, and some highway infrastructure has been damaged. This means drivers need to be more vigilant this summer’” Detective Acting Superintendent Boorman said.

“Be prepared for the unexpected. Your trip may take a bit longer than usual, so allow extra travel time, take a break before you get tired, and share the driving if you can.”

Other KHRSP agencies include the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate, NSW Police Force, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Queanbeyan-Palerang councils, along with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

Good driver behaviour will be rewarded with KHRSP travel mugs up for grabs to drivers who pass random breath tests or who are doing the right thing on the road.

This summer’s campaign will continue to target holiday traffic between the ACT and the South Coast into February 2020.

EDITORS NOTE: Current NSW road closures can be viewed on the Live Traffic NSW website.

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