Regional Roads Are Not a Race Track

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As racing fans around the state rev up for this weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 motorists are reminded to leave high speeds on the roads to the professionals.

Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole, together with Supercar driver Michael Caruso, are behind a campaign to get people to slow down.

“I love watching the Supercars speed around the track at Bathurst, but as Minister for Regional Transport and Roads I also know the impact speeding off the racetrack can have,” Mr Toole said.

“Almost 40 per cent of fatal crashes and 20 per cent of serious injury crashes every year are a result of speeding. The impact of those deaths and injuries is far-reaching and unimaginable – it devastates families and communities, especially close knit communities in the bush where everyone knows everyone.

“The message is clear this race weekend. If you are on the road, leave the high speeds to the professionals and never drive above the speed limit.”

Michael Caruso who represents Tickford Racing supported Mr Toole’s appeal.

“My career means I drive at high speeds on the racetrack, but that is no excuse for me to not travel at safe speeds away from work,” Mr Caruso said.

“Once I take off my helmet and race suit, I am no longer a Supercar driver. I am a member of the community. When I am away from the racetrack, I drive to the conditions and speed limit.”

“When you are out on the road, remember to stop and take a break in a safe place if you’re feeling tired or arrange to share the drive, just like I do on the racetrack.

“We want everyone to take care on our roads and arrive safely at their destination.”

Supercars has a COVIDSafe plan in place for teams and spectators on Mount Panorama and everyone is reminded to social distance, practice good hygiene and stay home if unwell.