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Police acknowledge ‘grieving families’ as road toll rises

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander, Traffic and Highway Patrol. Pic: Courtesy 梧桐夜网youtube南京夜网/user/TheNSWPoliceTHE Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol said the latest fatalities have added to the carnage of nearly two weeks of risk-taking and poor driver behaviour on NSW roads.
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Assistant Commissioner John Hartley made the comments following the deaths on Tuesday of two drivers, one at Whittingham and the other at West Wylong; and the death of a motor cycle rider at Matraville.

The three fatalities occurred on Day 12 ofOperationArriveAlive, a six-week Traffic and Highway Patrol operation aimed at reducing road trauma over the holidays.

The three fatalities take to 14 the number of people killed on NSW roads between December 18 and December 29.

“The families of those killed on our roads are grieving and our hearts go out to them.

“To lose even one person is tragic enough, let alone 14 people in 12 days,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

In the two-vehicle Whittingham accident, which closed the New England Highway 5km south of Singleton for a number of hours, the female driver of a Holden died at the scene.

Four males in the oncoming VW utility, aged 40, 14, 12 and the 21-year-old driver, were transported to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

At the end of Day 12 police had reported1034 major crashes.

Among the statistics that have angered police arethe 11,002 speeding infringements issued over the 12 days and the 692 drivers charged with drink-driving offences on NSW roads.

“We’ve charged more than 57 people a day for drink-driving in a 12-day period [and] that is simply unacceptable andan extremely concerning figure,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said as he urged road users to slow down and concentrate.

“The message is as simple as it is clear: manage your driving.

“Speeding, fatigue, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt, or being distracted by a mobile phone are all factors that can lead to serious injury or even death,” he said.

Less than 24 hours after the three fatalities, police stopped a 20-year-old driver on the Hume Highway near Tumblong allegedly doing 167km/h in a 110km/h zone.

The young driver had her 10-month-old baby and another woman as passengers in the vehicle.

On Day One of the operation highway patrol officers suspended the licence of a Queensland man who was clocked allegedly doing 179km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Golden Highway near Cassilis.

The man had his wife and two children in the vehicle.

Operation Arrive Alivewill run until January 26.

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