The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, in conjunction with Father Ian Mabey of St John’s Anglican Church, is urging motorists to be careful on the road over the Easter Holiday Period.
“There are many families travelling at this time of the year through the Mid North Coast region to take advantage of the Easter holiday period and the school holidays. Speeding is a major factor in road fatalities and I urge motorists to slow down, obey the road rules and take plenty of rest breaks,” Mr Fraser said.
“In the lead up to the Easter celebrations I will be attending a Blessing of the Roads ceremony being conducted by Father Ian Mabey at St John’s Anglican Church in Coffs Harbour at 9 am on Palm Sunday, 17 April,” Mr Fraser added.
“The ceremony will remind the community that road safety is a joint effort and as road users, whether we are driving, riding or walking, we are responsible for our own choices and actions.
Father Mabey said that with many Coffs Harbour residents heading off on holidays for Easter, local roads are being blessed to encourage everyone to take responsibility for ensuring the roads are safe this Easter long weekend.
“Easter is the most important of Christian celebrations as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is tragic that in Australia it has become the weekend when we kill and injure more people than any other. Easter is a special time of the year, a time to spend with family and friends and remember the important things in life – including safely coming home from travelling on our roads,” Father Mabey said.
“Road safety is a shared responsibility, and given that everyone has a role to play, the Blessing of the Roads is just one of the many ways in which St John’s is making a contribution to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads,” Mr Fraser said.
“No one wants to remember this Easter for tragic reasons so I urge you all take road safety seriously, no matter how far you travel this weekend.”
Father Mabey would like to plead with all road users to make this Easter the safest on our roads. Remember to slow down, don’t drink and drive, wear seatbelts, ensure children are properly restrained, and take breaks to avoid fatigue when travelling.
“Plan ahead, leave enough time to get to your destination, change drivers or stop and revive at one of the many coffee stops or Driver Reviver Centres,” Father Mabey concluded.