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Assistant Commissioner John Hartley

Traffic Services Branch

NSW Holiday Road Toll Rises To 20

The State’s Christmas-New Year holiday road toll has risen to 20 following the deaths of a 26-year-old woman and a two-year-old girl.

About 4.30pm yesterday, a 26-year-old woman died in Canberra Hospital after being injured in a single vehicle collision on the Lachlan Valley Way near Boorowa in the State’s South on 24 December 2009.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner in relation to the circumstances surrounding her death.

A critical incident investigation team is investigating the circumstances involving the death of the child following a Police pursuit at Ingleburn in Sydney’s South-West overnight.

Shortly before 7 pm, Police were chasing a white Chrysler Voyager which then collided with the rear of a blue Subaru carrying a two-year-old girl who sustained fatal injuries. A man and woman, also in the Subaru, were taken to Liverpool Hospital where they are reported to be in a stable condition.

On Day 14 of OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL, the State’s Christmas-New Year holiday road safety campaign, Police issued a total of 1,005 traffic infringement notices that is 163 more than for the same period last year.

A total of 33,444 random breath tests were conducted, 2,519 less than for the same period last year. No figures relating the PCA charges are available at this time.

Examples of irresponsible driver behaviour in the last 24 hours include:

KATOOMBA: About 12pm yesterday (Thursday 31 December 2009), a Toyota Camry sedan collided with a bus in Lurline Street. The 25-year-old male driver of the Toyota was detained by an off-duty Police officer with the assistance of the coach driver. Police attended and a small resealable plastic bag containing cannabis was allegedly located. The man was also subjected to a roadside breath test and allegedly returned a positive reading of 0.192. Checks revealed he wasn’t the holder of a current NSW Drivers Licence and had never held one. The vehicle’s owner was contacted and stated that the car had been stolen earlier that day. The 25-year-old man was charged with High Range PCA, Unlicensed Driver – Never Held a Licence, Possess Prohibited Drug and Take and Drive Conveyance without Consent of Owner. He’ll appear in Katoomba Local Court on 20 January 2010.

DOUGLAS PARK: About 2.25am yesterday, a Holden Commodore was allegedly detected travelling at 170km/h in a 110km/h of the Hume Highway. The vehicle was stopped and the male driver was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for Drive at a Speed Dangerous and Exceed Speed over 45 km/h. He’ll appear in Picton Local Court on 23 February 2010.

TAREE: About 1.40am yesterday, the “P” plate male driver of a Subaru was stopped in Victoria Street and subjected to a random breath test which allegedly returned a positive result of 0.095. He was charged with mid range PCA, and Police immediately suspended and confiscated his licence.

TUROSS HEAD: About 8.08pm yesterday, a 35-year-old male from Bodalla was stopped on Hawkins Road and subjected to a random breath test. He allegedly returned a positive result 0.020 and was charged with Special Range PCA, Disqualified Driver, Unregistered, Uninsured, and Plates Calculated to deceive. He will appear at Moruya Local Court in February 2010.

ROSEDALE: About 11.59pm yesterday, a 16-year-old male from the ACT was stopped on George Bass Drive for the purpose of a random breath test. After allegedly returning a positive result of 0.035, he was charged with Special Range PCA, Unlicenced Driver Never Held, and Carrying three intoxicated unrestrained passengers in the rear luggage section of a station wagon. He will appear at Batemans Bay Local Court in February 2010.

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