Police target speeding drivers over long weekend

More than 800 drivers have been slapped with speeding fines just one day into an Australia Day long weekend police blitz, prompting calls for motorists to slow down.

The road toll stands at one after a Goulburn man, 58, died when the car he was driving crashed into a tree in Shoalhaven on Friday.

Officers have been out in force across the state since Operation Safe Return began on Friday morning. It wraps up at midnight on Monday, January 27.

By Saturday, police had already carried out 37,734 breath tests, issued 1445 infringement notices, and charged 21 people with drink-driving.

They had been called to 168 major crashes.

Police will continue to target speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences during the state-wide campaign.

They will also keep an eye on driver fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and distracted drivers.

Among the incidents was a 23-year-old man police say they clocked driving 133kmh in a 100kmh zone on the Castlereagh Highway north of Mudgee.

Another man, 20, was fined and had his licence suspended after he was allegedly sprung doing 133kmh in a 70kmh zone in Orchard Hills in western Sydney.

Liverpool police suspended the licence of a man, 40, allegedly caught driving a BMW at 161kmh in an 80kmh zone at Moorebank.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, who is the NSW traffic and highway patrol commander, said it was disappointing drivers didn't take notice of speed limits and warnings about drink driving.

“To ensure you enjoy the long weekend and stay safe while on the road, slow down, take regular breaks when driving long distances, ensure you drive to the road conditions, be aware of your surroundings and make sure you and all your passengers are wearing their seatbelts,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

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