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Holidaymakers urged to take care on roads, beaches

West Australians are being urged to stay safe this Easter long weekend as they navigate clogged highways and frolic at windy beaches.

The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions said those looking to visit the west and south coast to go fishing should be careful and should avoid fishing from rocks.

DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service Albany district manager Peter Hartley said the Southern Ocean could be unpredictable and dangerous.

“The weather can change quickly in this region,” he said.

“Even on calm days, waves can sweep over rocky headlands and sloping rocks, making them very slippery.

“Lives have been lost when people fall or are washed off the rocks, so we urge everyone to consider their personal safety.”

The Department of Fisheries has recommended people going fishing “keep the sand between their toes” and fish from the beach.

Motorists are also being reminded to drive safely over the long weekend.

The State Government has dedicated $18.5 million to be spent on the regional highway patrol unit this Easter to help reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious crashes.

The newly established Regional Enforcement Unit will be deployed to country highways, targeting unsafe driving.

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said the unit would help  address the high volume of car fatalities on regional roads.

“Our country roads are regularly over-represented in road fatalities and serious injury crashes,” she said.

“We are addressing this with a range of measures, including the creation of the REU – a highly visible police unit, dedicated to patrolling regional roads.

“Long weekends are a time of particular risk on the roads, as people take the opportunity to have a break with family or friends.

“This Easter we hope that with a combination of enforcement and responsible driving, there will be zero deaths on our roads.”