DRIVERS travelling in regional NSW are being urged to slow down during this Rural Road Safety Month.
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Crashes have claimed the lives of more than 180 people in NSW so far this year - 115 of those occurring on country roads - and the campaign serves as a reminder to do the right thing behind the wheel.
Every time you get behind the wheel, the choices you make can have fatal consequences.
Every life lost or serious injury suffered represents a family, a friend and a community that is affected.
Speeding remains the biggest contributor to road fatalities, accounting for 39 per cent of fatalities last year.
Too often, people think it's okay for them to quickly check a text, to drive faster than the speed limit, have that extra drink, or that driving tired is okay because they know the road. It's not.
More information can be found at arsf.com.au/rrsw-home/ and the Safer Roads program website, roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/safer-roads/index.html
COMMUTERS are being urged not to take chances on the rail network after a number of dangerous incidents were caught on camera.
New vision released for Rail Safety Week shows people risking their lives by running in front of moving trains, hurting themselves while rushing around stations, and riding on the back of moving carriages.
It's really concerning to see people getting hurt and risking their lives to chase social media likes.
We've seen 2689 incidents of trespassing in the last 12 months, many of them reckless acts for selfie stunts.
We've also seen 1925 incidents of slips, trips and falls around stations. These numbers are far too high; even one is too many.
The best way to stay safe is to stay behind the yellow line, listen to our station staff and follow the safety rules.
THE electorate has been fortunate enough to receive some much-needed rain during August.
We're starting to see some good signs of growth in our paddocks and decent inflows into our dams, but more is needed.
While this rain is promising, we should not get complacent.
We should all continue to do our part to conserve this precious commodity, one that we will need to hold on to as conditions begin to warm later in the year.
For tips on how you can be more water wise, go to www.waternsw.com.au
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