Top cop: NSW fatalities are falling

THE number of fatal truck crashes since June 2017 is falling says New South Wales Police Traffic and Command Chief Inspector Phil Brooks.

Chief Inspector Brooks, who targeted heavy vehicle compliance in his latest operation, Operation IMPACT, said he was "very pleased" with the results.

The operation was run from January 14 to 18 by Highway Patrol officers from the Traffic Task Force in the western region (Armidale Police Area Command).

Chief Inspector Brooks said the results from the five-day period were:

  • 285 random breath tests and 125 mobile drug tests were conducted that yielded one positive road-side drug test to cannabis (a 45-year-old male on a P1 licence)
  • 90 heavy vehicle compliance checks and 15 engine control module downloads were conducted, and all were compliant
  • Three seat belt infringements (one by a heavy vehicle), four light vehicle speeds and 18 other infringements

"It's quite obvious from this operation that things are getting better," Chief Inspector Brooks said.

"While there are 185,000 trucks registered in NSW, 400,000 passes through our state every day. The north west corridor of the Pacific, New England and Newell highways carried the bulk of that road traffic."

He said there were 25 less crashes and deaths during the last year than the same time in 2017.

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