'Their Deaths Weren't In Vain': Falkholt Relative's Heartbreaking Plea To Christmas Drivers
A relative of the Falkholt family, who died after a horror head-on crash on Boxing Day last year, has made a heartbreaking plea to drivers on the roads this Christmas.
Daniella Dare and her family are facing their first holiday season without Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt, her sister Annabelle and parents Lars and Vivian following the fatal crash on the NSW South Coast.
"This year has been the hardest year imaginable and one I never thought we'd have to face," she said in a statement issued by NSW Police.
"The most we can do is ask that their deaths and tragic end, wasn't in vain. Please, when you are on the roads this festive season, slow down, take a break and drive with your full attention."
Dare is a cousin of 26-year-old Jessica and 21-year-old Anabelle, who were both pulled from the wreckage of the crash on the Princes Highway at Mondayong on December 26.
Anabelle died three days later in hospital, and Jessica died on January 17, six days after her life support was turned off.
Their parents were killed instantly, while the 51-year-old driver of the other vehicle also died at the scene.
Dare said this year has been "the hardest year imaginable" and one (she) never thought (they'd) have to face".
"It's hard to ever imagine that such a horrible event could happen to you or your family -- but as so many other families this year have also realised -- crashes can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone."
It comes ahead of NSW Police starting its Christmas / New Year road safety enforcement operation at midnight on Friday.
Similar operations will be launched across each state and territory.
From 12:01am on December 21 until 11.59pm January 1, double demerit points will be in force in NSW for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.
Throughout last year's Christmas period, 31 people died in 26 fatal crashes on the state's roads.
Of those people, 19 were drivers, seven were passengers, two were motorcyclists and three were pedestrians.
About 42 percent of fatal crashes occurred between 11am and 5pm.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said police will target back roads leading onto major arterial roads with random breath tests.
"We will be travelling the same roads that you will this Christmas. Your trip is our trip," he said.
“Generally over Christmas we have looked at major thoroughfares getting in and out of Sydney, where a lot of crashes occur.
"This year it won’t be a question of which road will we be on, it will be a matter of when will we be on that stretch of road?”
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