Road blitz extended

Operation Saturation?s response to road toll extended
Operation Saturation?s response to road toll extended

POLICE have extended Operation Saturation for another two weeks after a successful month-long state operation targeting speeding and other driving offences.

While officers will be on the lookout for illegal and unsafe driving, the focus will be on speeding, which continues to be the main cause of road deaths.

A fatal crash at Eastern Creek last Thursday has brought the total to five fatal crashes in the past seven days, two involving riders.

The incident happened at the M4 near Reservoir Road, when a motorbike and truck collided at about 7am.

The rider, 34, sustained serious injuries and later died at Westmead Hospital.

Over the past month, 1211 major crashes were recorded on the state's roads, down from 1364 at the same time last year.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, who is the acting commander of the state's traffic and highway patrol command, said motorists could expect to see an increased presence of police officers on the roads.

"Traffic and highway patrol officers have targeted speeding drivers, supported by general duties police who conducted random breath testing, seat belt and mobile phone compliance," he said.

Over the past month, police attached to Operation Saturation have prosecuted 1352 drivers for drink-driving offences, 15,120 for speeding, 2609 for mobile phone use and 1549 for not wearing a seat belt while driving.

He said these types of offences are key risk factors in serious injury and fatal crashes.

"The fact that major crashes were down by 153 during the month means that a significant number of people who may have been injured or killed in such serious crashes were spared.

"We know speeding is a major contributor in 34 per cent of road deaths and 13 per cent of serious injuries, but we still see people risking their lives.

"At the end of this operation we will start Operation Tortoise, our Easter long weekend campaign, which will mean two months of intensive focus on our roads."

This story Road blitz extended first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.


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