3 January 2023

Police urge drivers to 'behave' after three killed on southern region's roads

| Katrina Condie
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Double Demerits

Double Demerits were enforced from 23 December to 2 January 2023 for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet offences. Photo: NSW Police.

Police are urging drivers to be vigilant after three people were killed in Southern NSW over the Christmas-New Year period.

Across the state, nine people lost their lives on the road between Friday, 23 December 2022, and Monday, 2 January 2023.

Double demerit points were in force for the duration of the operation for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet offences.

Police in the Southern Region issued 2,050 speeding infringements and attended 111 major crashes where 70 people were injured.

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During the festive season, 84 people were charged for not wearing a seatbelt and 76 drivers were caught using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

A total of 63,453 breath tests were carried out, with 106 drink driving charges issued and 211 drivers charged after being caught driving while under the influence of drugs.

In the Southern Region, a 56-year-old man was killed when his silver sedan left the roadway and hit a tree about 70 kilometres north of Albury on Friday, 23 December 2022.

A 30-year-old man died on Tuesday, 27 December, when two vehicles collided head-on on the Sturt Highway at Yarragundry, about 10 kilometres west of Wagga Wagga.

A 39-year-old woman died and four people were injured following a multi-vehicle crash on the Princes Highway at Corunna, about 5 kilometres south of Narooma on Friday, 30 December 2022.

The Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, together with local police, patrolled roads across the state and enforced all road-related legislation, including drug driving, distractions, driving tired, and any dangerous driving behaviours that put road users’ safety at risk.

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During the period, police saw a concerning number of dangerous driving incidents, including excessive speed, high-range drink-driving, and reckless driving.

Across the state, police issued 8,118 speed infringements, laid 642 drink-driving charges, 972 drug-driving charges, attended 746 major crashes, and conducted 317,229 breath tests.

In 2022, 288 people lost their lives on NSW roads, compared to 275 in 2021.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said police would continue to target behaviour that endangers lives on NSW roads.

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