More crash in wet alert

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | November 8th, 2017

PEDESTRIANS and motorists are being urged to take extra care with more wet weather on the way, with NSW paramedics attending almost 50 motor vehicle-related incidents on Monday.
One of the incidents included a car ending up on its side on Homer Street in Earlwood about 2.15pm.
It follows one of the worst weekends on our roads this year with nine people killed in accidents.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said the loss of nine lives in one weekend must serve as a reminder for people to take personal responsibility for their actions
"The greatest tragedy is that many of the lives lost on our roads were avoidable if people took personal responsibility for their actions, and drove to the conditions especially in wet weather."
NSW Paramedics are also calling on motorists to slow down and adjust driving behaviour to suit the conditions.
Their advice includes:
• Intensely heavy bouts of rain may reduce visibility. Consider pulling over at a safe spot to wait for the rain to subside before resuming travel;
• Do not drive or walk through flood waters;
• Slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front;
• Watch out for other vehicles, particularly those which may break suddenly;
• Drive with your headlights on day and night;
• Watch out for vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists;
• If you are a vulnerable road user, wear high visibility clothing;
• Ensure your vehicle is in good condition by making sure your tyres have reasonable tread depth and are pumped to correct pressure for instance; and
• Drive with care and caution, expect the unexpected.
"All road users need to slow down, take a break when they are tired, wear a seatbelt, avoid distractions, and avoid drinking and driving, or I fear that many more lives will be lost," Acing Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

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