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Australia 'Show some etiquette': Police in Christmas road toll plea

14:15  13 december  2019
14:15  13 december  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Police have vowed to put more boots on the ground after a fiery crash pushed the state's Christmas road toll to almost triple compared to last year. The Princes Highway on Sydney's south coast was closed in both directions after a head-on crash left three dead and two in a critical condition yesterday.

Liliane Maury Pasquier et al. around each other: Head of road policing Libby Murphy speaks  about the summer road toll and road safety© Chris Hopkins Head of road policing Libby Murphy speaks about the summer road toll and road safety

Victoria's new chief roads officer has urged drivers to show more etiquette on the roads over Christmas by allowing other motorists to merge into lanes safely.

Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said that what she had seen on the roads had astounded her.

"This is about asking you ... to work with others [and] to actually understand that your behaviour on the road has an impact on other road users," she said on Friday, as police launched their Christmas road safety blitz.

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a man looking at the camera: Dane Rech, 24, died in Traralgon in February when hit by a car.© Supplied Dane Rech, 24, died in Traralgon in February when hit by a car.

"Have some etiquette. If people need to merge into your lane let them in, don't be impatient. Is it really worth 10 seconds if you take someone's life?"

Her plea came just hours after a cyclist was left in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Melbourne’s south-east.

This year Victoria Police needed to buy a bigger commemorative Christmas tree on which to hang baubles baring the names of crash victims. The state's road toll has surged past 250.

a woman looking at the camera: Angela Brown lost her son in February to a road accident.© Chris Hopkins Angela Brown lost her son in February to a road accident.

The name of Angela Brown's son Dayne Rech is included on the tree.

In February, the 24-year-old boilermaker died when he was struck by a car while walking to catch a lift home.

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Police and rescue workers were called to the crash scene and the 19-year-old driver was taken to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd earlier recalled his own father's road death in a plea for Australians to drive safely as the busiest 48 hours on Australia's roads approaches.

This year's road toll already exceeds last year's total, nationally and in Central District. Calkin said the numbers were disappointing. Last year's was the lowest road toll the district had experienced for years. Police had hoped to keep bringing the number down this year, but it had increased instead.

"When you leave your function or your Christmas dinner, consider how you get to your next destination, because nobody expects to be in an accident," Mrs Brown said.

"You never have any way of knowing if you’re actually spending the last few hours of your own life with the people that really care and love you."

Launching the force’s annual Operation Roadwise campaign, Police Minister Lisa Neville said Mrs Brown’s story was a tragic reminder that there would be many families missing someone at their table for Christmas this year.

"Of our fatalities on our roads this year, 40 per cent were about drugs and alcohol, 30 per cent were because of speeding, but we also had around 10 per cent who were not wearing their seatbelts,” Ms Neville said.

"We wish everyone a merry Christmas this year, but think about the families who don't have someone with them this year because of the road toll, and make the right decisions.

"If you are drink-driving or driving with drugs in your system, if you're speeding or distracted by mobiles phones, we will target you."

Operation Roadwise runs until January 5.

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