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Assistant Commissioner John Hartley

Three Dead In Shocking Start To Holiday Period On State’s Roads – Operation Safe Arrival

The state’s top traffic Policeman has expressed his horror at the loss of three lives in the first eight hours of the Christmas/New Year road safety operation.

The annual traffic enforcement campaign, ‘Operation Safe Arrival’, commenced at midnight with extra Police deployed across New South Wales to catch motorists breaking the law.

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

The state’s Christmas/New Year road toll stands at three – after three separate crashes in a two-hour period this morning.

  • One man was killed after being struck by a cement truck on The Northern Road at Luddenham, in Sydney’s west, about 7.20am today.
  • About 6.10am, one person died and another was critically injured after a car crashed into a tree on Lachlan Valley Way, just outside Boorowa, on the Southern Tablelands.
  • At 5.30am, a 42-year-old man was driving his car north on Goldfield Way at Barmedman, in the Riverina, when it’s believed he fell asleep at the wheel. As a result, the car left the roadway and struck a tree resulting in the man suffering fatal injuries.

Investigations into the incidents are continuing.

Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said it’s believed all three incidents occurred in wet weather.

“It’s extremely important motorists take extra care and drive to the conditions, especially on slippery roads and in poor visibility, allowing extra stopping distance.” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said the road safety messages seem to be falling on deaf ears.

“It’s been a devastating start to the Christmas/New Year season with three people killed and another critically injured this morning.” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

“We can continue to warn people about the dangers of speeding, drink-driving and fatigue but until they stop and think about their actions and change their ways we will continue to see lives lost on the roads.”

“I’d ask drivers who want to act up behind the wheel of their car to think about the devastation they could cause.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“If you kill yourself, how would your family and friends cope? If your stupidity killed an innocent person, how would you cope with having their blood on your hands for the rest of your life?”

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

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