More police hit the beat in NSW to combat rising road toll
NEW South Wales Police will be out in force in an operation on our major highways and suburban roads in an effort to combat the rising road toll.
Operation Saturation - funded by the NSW Centre for Road Safety - will include the entire Traffic and Highway Patrol fleet, assisted by local police, in high-visibility patrols on NSW roads.
The operation starts on Saturday (February 7) and runs until Wednesday (February, 18).
Police will 'saturate the state,' as well as focus on the top 10 areas that have recorded the highest number of fatal crashes in 2014 and 2015 to date.
These include: Shoalhaven, Goulburn, Griffith, Richmond, Coffs/Clarence, Cootamundra, Mid North Coast, Lake Macquarie, Tuggerah Lakes, and Tweed/Byron.
Since the beginning of 2015, 27 drivers and their passengers, 13 motorcyclists, three pedestrians and one cyclist have lost their lives on NSW roads.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said police would be out in force.
"Road users across NSW can expect to see more officers on our roads in high-visibility vehicles and on motorcycles for extended periods, aiming to prevent serious injury and fatal crashes," he said.
"Speeding, drink or drug driving, failing to wear seat belts or correct helmets, mobile phone use and fatigue are all key risk factors in fatal crashes which Traffic & Highway Patrol officers will focus on.
"Last year there were 309 fatalities in NSW, the lowest figure since 1923. While this was a positive trend, it still included more than 300 families and their friends that had to suffer the loss of a loved one.
"This operation aims to tackle the road toll head on, and through highly-visible officers, bring to the forefront of motorists minds the dangers associated with risk-taking when driving or riding."