Police are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads today with horrendous weather currently lashing Sydney.
Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for most of the day in the greater Sydney region, with up to 120mm rainfall forecast and the chance of thunderstorms, increasing the danger on roads.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, is again urging motorists to be aware of their surroundings, the weather and road conditions.
“The conditions we are experiencing today are some of the worst I’ve ever seen, and I am appealing to everyone, motorists and pedestrians alike, to take care,” said Assistant Commissioner Corboy.
“Once again we are asking all road users to reconsider the need to be on the roads throughout what will be a severe rain event today.
“Drivers need to consider reducing their speed to make sure they have enough braking distance for themselves and for the vehicle in front, and to drive to the conditions.
“We can’t stress enough that motorists should never attempt to drive through floodwaters or cross flooded causeways
“Today’s weather will be particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders and cyclists and if they are on the road, they should wear bright-coloured clothing, be seen by other vehicles and share roads safely.
“There’s also the real potential for NSW Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, SES, RFS and the VRA to be roadside with their red and blue lights flashing, so if you see emergency services on scene, drop down to 40km an hour on both sides of the road and pass them safely.”
Be aware of road conditions in your area and plan your trip accordingly. Check livetraffic.com, bom.gov.au, and ses.nsw.gov.au for the latest information.
Remember to give way at intersections where lights are out and proceed with extra caution.
Leave greater breaking distances between you and the car in front because it takes longer to stop when its wet.
Drivers and motorcycle riders should use their headlights in heavy rain to be seen by other road users.
Motorists should never attempt to drive through floodwaters or cross flooded causeways.
Pedestrians should wear bright or high-vis clothing and use crossings at controlled intersections.