Assistant Commissioner John Hartley
Traffic Services Branch
Motorists Warned To Remain Extra Vigilant As Christmas/New Year Traffic Operation Draws To Close
The State’s top traffic Policeman has pleaded with motorists to remain vigilant as the Christmas/New Year road safety operation draws to a close.
OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL concludes at 2359 hrs tonight but motorists are being reminded to obey the road rules and drive to the conditions with increased traffic expected on major routes for the remainder of the school holidays.
The New South Wales holiday road toll remains at 22 after the sixteenth day of the operation (Saturday 2 January). A further 877 people were injured in serious crashes.
Police have so far conducted 462,126 breath tests resulting in 1828 people being charged with drink-driving offences.
Also there have been 14,301 motorists caught speeding and 20,172 infringements have been issued for other traffic offences.
Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, has warned Police will maintain a visible presence on NSW roads despite OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL ending tonight.
“Don’t think the end of Safe Arrival is a green light for you to act up behind the wheel because Police will still be out on the roads targeting those motorists intent on breaking the law.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
“I appeal to you to think about those loved ones you would leave behind if your stupidity behind the wheel turned deadly how would they cope with your loss? Alternatively, how would you cope if you’re driving killed an innocent person?”
“If you want to break the law and put yourself and other people at risk then we will catch you and you will feel the full force of the law.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Examples of irresponsible driving behaviour from the past 24 hours include:
- A 37-year-old disqualified driver was caught riding his unregistered trail bike on Forest Road, Lalor Park, in Sydney’s West, about 11 pm yesterday, with a high-range blood-alcohol reading of 0.182. The man was charged with multiple offences and bailed to appear in Blacktown Local Court on 9 February 2010.
- An unlicensed 18-year-old woman was detected driving a white Holden Astra sedan at 174kmh in a 110kmh zone on the F3 at Mt Kuring-gai, North of Sydney, about 12.45am today. The teenager who also returned a mid-range blood-alcohol reading of 0.109 was charged with various offences and ordered to appear in North Sydney Local Court on 21 January 2010.
- A Victorian ‘P-plater’ was booked by Highway Patrol Officers after his vehicle was clocked travelling at 186 km/h on the Hume Highway at Gundagai, in southern NSW, at 8.25 pm yesterday. Police stopped the same vehicle a short time later after checking its speed at 177 km/h. A second driver was issued an infringement notice and had his driving privileges suspended.
- An unlicensed 45-year-old man returned a high-range blood-alcohol reading of 0.210 after being stopped by Police in Anne Street at Wagga Wagga, in Southern NSW. He was charged with high-range drink-driving and bailed to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on 16 February 2010.
- A 40-year-old Berkeley man had his licence confiscated on the spot after he was caught travelling at 100 km/h in a 50 km/h zone in Nolan Street at Unanderra, South of Wollongong, at 5.50 pm yesterday.