“Despite everybody’s best efforts to increase safety on our roads this holiday season, 28* people have died on the nation’s roads this holiday season, the same number as last year,” A/Prof Owler said.
“My thoughts go out to the friends and family of the 28 Australians who lost their lives this holiday season.
“Although the Christmas holiday reporting season might be over, there are still many people winding up their holidays.
“I want to remind everyone to stick to the speed limit, drive to conditions and avoid fatigue.
“Research shows that fatigue can be just as dangerous as other road safety issues, such as drink driving.
“Drivers need to be aware of their tiredness level and plan their trips accordingly, with regular breaks and rests or change of drivers.”
A/Prof Owler said there are far too many deaths and injuries that could and should be avoided.
“People are still making risky decisions on the road that not only have devastating impacts on individuals, but also on their family and friends,” A/Prof Owler said.
“The road toll is devastating at any number, but it does not include the people who sustained injuries as a result of crashes.
“Injuries in road accidents can be very severe and cause permanent harm, including brain damage and paralysis.
“Acquiring a lifelong disability like paralysis or brain damage won’t put you on the road toll, but it will change your life forever.
“We have had a devastating start to the year, so let’s buckle down and make sure the rest of 2015 a safe year for all road users,” A/Prof Owler said.