Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Tasmanians encouraged to continue staying safe on our roads

29 December 2021

I’d like to thank all the Tasmanians and visitors who have driven safely on our roads over the busy festive period, and encourage everyone to continue to drive to the conditions and do the right thing for the remainder of Operation Safe Arrival.

Nearly 500 drivers have been detected speeding since the Operation commenced on the 23rd of December. Safe Arrival aims to encourage Tasmanians and visitors to drive to the conditions, wear a seatbelt, rest if they are tired and keep their hands off their phones.

We know that speed is one of the fatal five contributing factors to fatal and serious injury crashes on our roads, and I implore all drivers to slow down and keep themselves, their loved ones and the community safe.

While many Tasmanians are able to enjoy this festive season with their families, many of our frontline police officers are working to ensure the safety of all Tasmanians and I’d like to thank them for their efforts during this time.

Police will continue to be out in force targeting known hotspots for unsafe road behaviour, patrolling main roads, highways, and alternative routes out of towns and cities.

Police will also target back streets, rural roads, and entertainment districts.

With borders now open, the remainder of the holiday period will continue to be one of the busiest on Tasmanian roads with additional cars, caravans, boats and trailers, making it even more important to follow the rules and obey the speed limits.

It is always better to arrive safe and late rather than not at all.