Operation Safe Arrival begins in NSW

As we approach the festive season there is no doubt that traffic begins to increase - which in turn makes it incredibly difficult for fleet drivers to make their journeys efficiently.

While many fleets wind down for the year and give their drivers a must deserved break, there are some industries that don't stop. This means that drivers face congested roads and are at an increased risk of being involved in an accident.

To ensure the roads are safe over the upcoming holiday period, NSW authorities have launched Operation Safe Arrival. The operation (which began on December 19 runs until January 4) will see the new high visibility patrol command vehicles in action across the state.

Minister for Roads Duncan Gay explained that the state is focused on improving the road toll recorded over last year's festive season.

"During the same period last year, 11 people died on our roads, while there were 1750 major crashes resulting in 534 people injured - I know we can do better than this," he said.

"I urge motorists to avoid risk-taking behaviour and I remind everyone that Police will be out in force targeting those who ignore the warnings and endanger themselves and others."

According to Transport for NSW, there have been 304 deaths on state roads this year. This represents a 6 per cent decrease from last year.

Despite this improvement, Mr Gay said there would be severe consequences for road users who are caught breaking the law.

"Double demerits will be in place from 24 December 2014 until 4 January 2015 for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences," he stated.

High hopes for safe travel

Thanks to the improved state of the NSW's transport infrastructure over the past year, Mr Gay believes all road users should enjoy improved safety throughout this period time.

"On top of our high visibility approach, since last Christmas the NSW Government has delivered major pinch point upgrades along notorious stretches of road to slash travel times and improve safety, upgrades which are so important this time of year," he summarised.

"Motorists will notice progress on previous pinch points on the Pacific Highway, work along the Princes Highway, Great Western Highway and the completion of the Hunter Expressway."

Although roading infrastructure has improved in 2014, fleets are still at risk from unexpected crashes. In the event of an incident, it would then be useful to have fleet software on board so drivers can take advantage of accident management and recorded insurance details.