Motorists using the Pacific Highway this holiday season are reminded to take advantage of opportunities to stop, revive and survive while driving along the NSW North Coast.
Transport for NSW Regional Director North, Anna Zycki said efforts were being made in partnership with Richmond Valley Council to encourage motorists to take a break in the recently bypassed town of Woodburn on the banks of the Richmond River.
“Drivers may have previously been frustrated by congestion at Woodburn – which has been bypassed by the Pacific Highway upgrade, along with Broadwater and Wardell – but now this town provides the perfect opportunity to relax and refresh,” Ms Zycki said.
“Fatigue is one of the top three killers on NSW roads and at this time of year, it’s vital for the safety of all road users to ensure drivers and riders are not travelling tired.
“Transport for NSW has provided Woodburn Visitor Information Centre with vouchers for motorists driving along the coast, entitling them to one free drink from any of the local participating stores which they can enjoy while taking a break from driving by resting near the river.”
Ms Zycki said even more people are expected to use the upgraded Pacific Highway this holiday season, given the recent relaxation of COVID-19 domestic travel restrictions.
“Road trips will be booming this year as international travel remains curtailed, so we want motorists to reach their destinations and their loved ones safely.” Ms Zycki said.
“Before you head out on the roads make sure you’re well rested, give yourself plenty of travel time to get to where you need to be without rushing or speeding – and if you’ve been drinking or have taken drugs, don’t drive.
“It’s important to plan ahead and take regular travel breaks while being aware of early warning signs of fatigue which include yawning, tired eyes and blinking
“As always, Transport for NSW is encouraging road users to plan ahead and take regular breaks to Stop, Revive, Survive.”
The drink vouchers will be available at the Woodburn Visitor Information Centre, 114 River Street in Woodburn, between 9am and 1pm from Friday 18 December 2020 to Monday 4 January 2021 (excluding 25, 26 and 27 December).