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Assistant Commissioner John Hartley

Traffic Services Branch

“For people to care so little about human life is reprehensible.”

NSW Holiday Road Toll Remains At 17

More than 700 people have been injured in crashes across NSW as OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL, the State’s Christmas-New Year road safety campaign continues.

The injuries were sustained in 1,964 major crashes.

So far during OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL Police have conducted 322,659 random breath tests resulting in charges against 846 drivers for drink-driving, 400 fewer than for this time last year.

An extra 1,236 motorists have been detected speeding during the operation to date, taking the total to 12,273.

Police have expressed grave concerns about the behaviour of learner and provisional drivers in the past 24 hours.

Examples of dangerous behaviour from Tuesday 29 December include:

  • A 40-year-old Victorian man caught speeding on his motorcycle in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Nabiac. Highway Patrol officers, who chased and pulled him over, asked, “What speed did you get up to?” He replied, “240, bloody stupid, I’m sorry.” He told Police he was in a hurry to see his girlfriend.
  • A 16-year-old unsupervised “L-plater,” spotted veering over lanes of a road at Oatley Park, admitted smoking three to four “cones” of cannabis before getting behind the wheel. He was found to be in possession of drugs. His vehicle’s licence and registration had expired.
  • A 40-year-old Belmont man, stopped for a random breath test, returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.170. His “P” plate licence expired in November, 2005. His four-wheel drive was unregistered. He was charged and ordered to appear in Belmont Local Court on 21 January 2010.
  • A “P2” driver was detected behind the wheel of a car travelling at 114km/h in a 50km/h zone on Yarunga Road at Castle Hill. The 19-year-old was in the vehicle with three other young people. He was booked and his licence suspended on the spot.
  • An unsupervised learner driver, pulled over for speeding in Blacktown, returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.119. He was charged with mid-range PCA, unaccompanied learner and not display “L” plates. He was ordered to appear in Blacktown Local Court in Mid-January, 2010.
  • A 52-year-old man, who crashed his car into a number of vehicles in Ithaca Road, Elizabeth Bay around midnight. He was later breath-tested and returned a reading of 0.181.
  • A South Australian “P-plater” clocked at 139km/h in a 100 zone on the Sturt Highway at Darlington Point. The 17-year-old was one of five people in the car, including his mother in the front passenger seat.

“For people to care so little about human life is reprehensible.” Traffic Services Commander, John Hartley, said.

“When you get behind the wheel of a car, you have a responsibility to obey the road rules and to drive in a manner that doesn’t threaten lives.”

“Some of the behaviour we’re witnessing on the roads is outrageous and the fact that 17 people have died already in New South Wales this holiday season hasn’t sunk in.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“For the sake of a few alcoholic drinks, to save a cab fare or simply because they’re in a hurry, there are people out there putting innocent lives at risk.”

“They thought they could get away with it,” he added, “Instead they’ve been caught by police and are now suffering the consequences.”

“Don’t risk your life and the lives of others.”Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

The death of a man at Moama has been excluded from the road toll figures as the crash occurred on private property.

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