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OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL

Police in northern NSW urge motorists:

Drive safely and stay alive this Christmas/New Year period

New South Wales Police Force

Motorists in northern New South Wales are being warned Police will be out in force this holiday season to prevent the region’s road toll climbing further.

‘Operation Safe Arrival’ – the annual Christmas/New Year traffic enforcement campaign – commences at 0001hrs on Friday (18 December) with double demerits in effect for all speeding and seatbelt offences.

  • The annual NSW road toll stands at 441 – 94 more than the same period last year.
  • 129 people have been killed on Northern Region’s roads – up 20 on the same period in 2008.
  • Coffs /Clarence Local Area Command has recorded 18 deaths this year,
  • Brisbane Water and Richmond (14),
  • Lake Macquarie and Manning/Great Lakes (12).
  • Hunter Valley Local Area Command has recorded five fatalities – the least of the region’s LACs.

Speeding, drink-driving and fatigue remain our biggest killers.

Northern Region Traffic Coordinator, Senior Sergeant Mal Read, has warned law-breaking motorists can expect to have their driving privileges suspended on the spot for serious offences.

“We’ll be out in force this holiday season and those motorists caught flouting the laws can expect to feel the full force of the law.” Snr Sgt Read said.

“The region’s road toll is already 129 too high – and we’ll be pulling out all stops to ensure it doesn’t rise further; however, there is also an onus on drivers to do the right thing behind the wheel.”

Heavy traffic and lengthy delays are expected on the region’s major thoroughfares including the F3 between Sydney and Newcastle; the New England, Oxley and Pacific Highways; and Summerland and Thunderbolts Ways – as tens of thousands of people travel to and from popular tourist spots.

Meanwhile, local emergency services and residents will mark the 20th anniversary of the Clybucca bus crash on Sunday 22 December – Australia’s worst road disaster.

At 3.30am on 22 December 1989, 35 people were killed when two tourist coaches collided on the Pacific Highway at Clybucca, 12km north of Kempsey.

The remembrance ceremony and luncheon will be held at Clybucca Memorial Gardens.

Operation Safe Arrival concludes in early January.

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