Holidaymakers asked to go slow

Launceston SES volunteers Mike Heazlewood and Jenni Tol  getting ready for the weekend's Driver Reviver stops. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Launceston SES volunteers Mike Heazlewood and Jenni Tol getting ready for the weekend's Driver Reviver stops. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

THE State Emergency Service has urged holidaymakers to slow down on Tasmanian roads this long weekend.

Volunteers will host Driver Reviver sites across the state on the Queen's Birthday holiday on Monday. The state's road toll so far is 15, compared with 12 at the same time last year.

SES Northern regional manager Mhairi Revie said inattention was one of the biggest factors in crashes.

``Long weekends are always a time when we get far more road users than normal,'' she said.

``Make sure you stop and have a rest, every two hours.

``Volunteers are always there on long weekends and they just want to do something preventative for the community, rather than deal with the aftermath of a crash.'' Ms Revie said drivers appreciated the opportunity to stop for a break, while some interstate visitors were pleasantly surprised to discover a site.

Ambulance Tasmania Southern regional manager Craig Westlake encouraged people to celebrate responsibly, especially if they were drinking.

``Our paramedics witness the consequences of risky behaviour when it's too late,'' he said.

Email: ctang@examiner.com.au

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