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Assistant Commissioner John Hartley

Traffic Services Branch

NSW Holiday Road Toll Climbs To 10 After Another Three Deaths This Morning

OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL

The New South Wales holiday road toll stands at 10 after the deaths of three people in separate crashes this morning.

About 3.30am today, a car with four men onboard crashed into a power pole on Boora Boora Road, Kincumber, on the state’s Central Coast.

The male front seat passenger a 22-year-old Terrigal man was killed in the crash, while the three other occupants were admitted to Gosford Hospital for treatment.

Police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit are conducting inquiries into the incident.

At 3.45am, a man was walking along John Renshaw Drive at Buchanan, in the Hunter Valley, when he was hit by a car.

The pedestrian, who is yet to be identified, sustained significant injuries and died at the scene.

The incident is being examined by Police attached to the Newcastle City Crash Investigation Unit.

Deniliquin Local Area Command responded to reports a utility had rolled on Lower Tocumwal Road at Tocumwal, on the NSW-Victoria border, at 7.10am today.

Upon arrival, they located a 28-year-old local man deceased at the scene.

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

This morning’s carnage follows fatal crashes at:

  • Duranbah, on the State’s North Coast;
  • Harden, in the State’s South-West;
  • Ingleburn, in Sydney’s South-West;
  • Boorowa, on the NSW Southern Tablelands;
  • Yarramundi, on Sydney’s North-Western outskirts;
  • Luddenham, in Sydney’s West;
  • Barmedman, in the NSW Riverina.

The annual Christmas/New Year traffic enforcement campaign, ‘OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL’, commenced on Friday (18 December) with extra Police deployed to the state’s roads to catch misbehaving motorists.

Speeding and seatbelt offences will incur double demerit points from next Wednesday (23 December) until Saturday 3 January 2010.

On day two of the operation yesterday (Saturday 19 December), NSW Police conducted 33,824 breath tests; however, no charges were laid for drink-driving offences.

Police issued 1,515 infringements for speeding and 1,597 for other traffic offences.

While the number of offences being detected by Police is down on last year, Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said the current death toll is evidence some people are still taking risks.

“Ten people killed on the roads in little more than 48 hours is horrific for the emergency services who responded to those incidents and devastating for the loved ones they leave behind.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Seven of those deaths have occurred in single-vehicle crashes, where the vehicle has either rolled or struck a stationary object – such as a tree, power pole or fence.”

“I’m deeply saddened and horrified at this senseless loss of life and my heart goes out to the 10 families who will be without their loved ones this Christmas.”

“I would appeal for motorists to think twice before doing something stupid behind the wheel of their car because you don’t want to be the next statistic.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

Operation Safe Arrival concludes at 2359 hrs on Saturday 3 January 2010.

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