Following predictions of ongoing wet weather for the next week, road users are being reminded to decrease their speed and leave a greater braking distance as they travel, NSW Police say.
In periods of torrential rain, or if faced with flooded roadways, road users are urged to pull over where safe to do so, wait for the weather to pass, and continue on safely.
Motorists should not attempt to cross flooded causeways, as they put themselves, their passengers, and ultimately their rescuers at great risk.
Motorcycle Riders, Cyclists, and Pedestrians are also urged to take extra care, by being aware of their surroundings.
They should make sure they can be seen by other motorists by wearing bright clothing, and riding or crossing in safe areas.
With two pedestrian deaths overnight, Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley is appealing to drivers to exercise care and caution.
“Today’s rain, with more predicted next week, will make roads slippery, particularly for drivers, riders and cyclists alike who have to stop quickly.”
“After a significant period of dry, warm weather, the rain will loosen up oil and other material on our roads.”
“We all need to reconsider our road use, whether driving, riding, cycling, or walking, safety has to be the priority.”
About 9am yesterday, a 96-year-old man died after being hit by a car on Lee Road, Beacon Hill.
The 89-year-old female driver of the car is assisting police with inquiries.
About 10pm yesterday, a 32-year-old man was hit by a vehicle whilst he was walking along the Princes Motorway at Dunmore.
The man died at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to the Wollongong Hospital for mandatory testing.
Police continue to investigate both matters.
These two recent pedestrian fatalities take the state road toll to 168, 39 more than this time last year.