Dear Editor,

At Easter, Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a broader sense Easter is about renewal and rebirth. As we spend time with family and friends, it is important to reflect on who we are and who we aim to be and on how we can improve ourselves and thus help enrich the lives of those around us.

The Easter holidays are also a popular time to get away with family and friends, making it a busy time on our roads.

We have seen a horrific start to the year on our roads in South Australia with more than double the number of lives lost to this time last year. Sadly, for those of us living outside our metropolitan centres the majority of these tragedies have occurred on our rural roads.

We all bear responsibility for driving this horrific statistic down.

Australia’s road network is over 877,000 km in length and rural roads like those in Barker are among some of the most dangerous with the inherent risk of death and serious injury associated with higher speeds and greater mass of heavy vehicles.

Driving to the conditions, taking rest breaks, avoiding distractions, and keeping your vehicles maintained are steps we can all take to keep ourselves and others safe on our roads this Easter.

Enjoy this special time with family and friends, stay safe and have a Happy Easter.


Tony Pasin MP

Member for Barker

Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport