The RACT and Tasmania Police are reminding people to stay safe during the Christmas / New Year period by driving to the conditions, avoiding the Fatal Five and securing their belongings.
They are also urging Tasmanians to help those in need of
life-saving assistance by donating blood to the Red Cross Blood Service.
RACT staff have been donating blood to the Service
throughout the year, and contributions are even more vital during the busy
Ann Harvey, Community Relations Officer with
the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, said about 700 blood donors were needed
across Tasmania between 21 December and 2 January.
“Blood will be needed by road accident patients,
pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this
Christmas and New Year,” she said.
RACT Group CEO Harvey Lennon said safety was important for
the Tasmanian community, particularly at this time of year.
“We are urging motorists travelling during the Christmas /
New Year holiday period to take extra care because of increased traffic on the
roads, tiredness and driving in unfamiliar places or conditions,” he said.
“If you are
staying closer to home and are out celebrating, please leave your car at home
and get a lift or travel with a designated driver.”
Insurance CEO Trent Sayers urged Tasmanians to ensure their cars, homes and
contents were secure and safe from theft during the holiday break.
“Holiday periods are a prime time for burglars and thieves, so it’s
vital to ensure your property is secure, and prevention is still the best way
to ensure your property remains safe,” he said.
“Over the Christmas period, even if you’re at home, it’s still
important to have your doors and windows secure.
“While it might seem a bit bah humbug, don’t leave packaging from
high-ticket items in view or presents under the tree for everyone outside to
“Criminals take any advantage they can get and being complacent with
the security of your property plays right into their hands.”
Police Inspector John Ward said police wanted everyone
to get home safely.
“To ensure that,
we have to make sure everyone uses the roads safely,” he said.
“We want people
to buckle up, watch their speed, stay under the alcohol limit, pay attention to
the road and rest if they are tired.
you could still be over the alcohol limit even if you have had a few hours’ sleep.
“Don’t ruin your
Christmas/New Year break with a decision to drive when you shouldn’t, or drive
in a way that puts you, your family or others at risk.”