• JON WOLFE

Speeding still a concern

NSW Police are relieved to see NSW record its lowest road toll in almost 100 years but are disappointed in the number of motorists caught exceeding the speed limit during the 2020-2021 Christmas and New Year period.

The state-wide Christmas and New Year road safety operation commenced at 12.01am (Thursday 24 December 2020) and concluded at 11.59pm yesterday (Sunday 3 January 2021) with double demerit points in force across the festive season.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, praised motorists across the state who obeyed road rules but urged the community not to become complacent.

Mr Elliott said the priority every day – not just during the festive season – is to reduce fatalities on the road and for the road safety message to get through to all motorists. Compared to this time last year, we saw four fewer fatalities on our roads and only 691 motor vehicle collisions, down 205 from 896 last year.

Below is the progressive total for the Operation.

Western Region Figures as follows

Restraint Infringements – 71

Mobile phone infringements – 11

Speed infringements – 1,403

Breath Tests – 32,254

PCA charges – 61

Fatal Crashes – 3

Lives Lost – 3

Reported major crashes – 64

People injured – 33