Crashes happen anytime, anywhere police warn as Stay Alert ends

Three-quarters of the fatal crashes during the June long weekend happened on rural roads, prompting police to warn local motorists of the potential dangers when driving on these well-travelled roads.

Four people died in separate crashes across NSW on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, with three of these occurring in southern NSW.

Operation Stay Alert commenced at 12.01am on Friday 7 June 2019 and concluded at 11.59pm yesterday (Monday 10 June 2019).

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the weekend saw several fatal crashes, where vehicles left the road and hit other objects.

“While the causes of all the crashes on the weekend are still under investigation, I would encourage all drivers or riders to be aware of their surroundings and take breaks if they are tired,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“It doesn’t matter where you are travelling to – crashes do not discriminate. They can happen anywhere and at any time,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during Day Three of Operation Stay Alert were:

GRANVILLE: At 1.10am yesterday (Monday 10 June 2019), police saw a motor vehicle parked in Everley Street, which had its headlights on and engine running. Police spoke to the 26-year-old male driver. A roadside breath test returned a positive result and a subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of 0.216. His licence was suspended, and he was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for the offence of high-range PCA. The 26-year-old will appear at Parramatta Court on 23 July 2019.

CRINGILA-PORT KEMBLA: About 9pm yesterday (Monday 10 June 2019), a 35-year-old motorcyclist allegedly did not stop at a random breath testing site on Five Islands Road, Cringila. Police commenced patrols of the area to find the rider. Minutes later police responded to a call for assistance after a collision in a nearby suburb. When officers arrived, they found a motorcycle and B-Double had collided on Flinders Street, Port Kembla. The male rider sustained serious arm, face and other injures. Police will speak with him when his medical condition allows.

Key statistics (Progressive Total since Friday 7 June 2019):

Speed infringements: 4648

Seatbelt offences: 498

Breath tests: 224,965

PCA charges: 293

Major crashes: 269

People injured: 78

Lives lost: 4

SOUTHERN REGION

Speed infringements: 950

Seatbelt offences: 46

Breath tests: 43,803

PCA charges: 45

Major crashes: 29

People injured: 14

Fatalities: 3

NORTHERN REGION

Speed infringements: 1046

Seatbelt offences: 35

Breath tests: 33,365

PCA charges: 93

Major crashes: 44

People injured: 20

Fatalities: 0

WESTERN REGION

Speed infringements: 551

Seatbelt offences: 38

Breath tests: 15606

PCA charges: 37

Major crashes: 14

People injured 6

Fatalities: 0

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