Minister's statement / Motorists urged to drive safely during the holidays (09/12/23)

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Dec. 23, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued by Transportation Minister Denis Landry.

On behalf of the Government of New Brunswick, I urge all motorists to make safety on our roads a priority over the Christmas and holiday season.

The department recently launched a four-month winter safety ad campaign with driving tips including; reduce speeds and adapt driving habits to changing road conditions.

The ad campaign is part of the department's comprehensive road safety package which also includes a new 511 traveller information service, a series of highway web cameras, which can be viewed on the department website, and a wildlife management program. The program is intended to give motorists the information they need before travelling upon any of the province's 18,600 kilometres of roads.

It is especially important that drivers act responsibly during this time of holiday parties and celebrations. If you are planning to drink alcoholic beverages, the best and safest strategy is to avoid driving completely. Fatigue is another form of impairment that drivers must be aware of, particularly during the holidays as many travel long distances to visit family and friends.

This Christmas and into the New Year, we want everyone to enjoy the season safely. Working together, we can make our highways safer.