Police to focus on high-risk driving

NSW Police are focusing on high-risk driving offences such as speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to reduce the number of fatal crashes on the state’s roads.

Operation Saturation – a high-visibility campaign focusing on driving down the road toll - started today Tuesday (9 June 2015) and will continue until Monday (6 July 2015).

Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said the operation, which comes immediately after Operation Stay Alert, is aimed at curbing poor driver behaviour and irresponsible decision-making. “If we have learned anything from Operation Stay Alert over the long weekend, it is drivers breaking the law put not only themselves at risk but also their passengers, fellow motorists and the community at large.”

Operation Saturation is focused on preventing innocent drivers, their passengers, and other road users from being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash, Assistant Commissioner Hartley said. “With the road toll currently at 142 fatal crashes resulting in 152 deaths, being five crashes and nine deaths up on this time last year, police are out to ensure all motorists don’t take risk,” he said. The operation will target risky behavior, including speeding and drink and drug-driving and police are urging all motorists to observe proper occupant restraints, manage fatigue and display responsible driver behaviour, with both stationary and mobile enforcement of areas in place where serious motor vehicle collisions are occurring.

Acting General Manager Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said Operation Saturation is funded through the Community Road Safety Fund to help drive down the road toll in areas where we have seen the most fatal crashes so far this year. “Community education through campaigns and local activities is one way that we highlight the importance of being vigilant on the road but without this targeted police enforcement to go hand in hand with education we cannot achieve the road safety outcomes we expect,” Mr.Carlon said. “High visibility police enforcement is a reminder to all road users that if you don’t make safe decisions on the road you are likely to be caught.” Drive Safe and Stay Alert.

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