NSW police urge drivers to drive safely

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol officers are urging motorists to take care and drive safely with heavy traffic expected on NSW roads over the next 24 hours, with the end of school holidays and the ANZAC Day long weekend, NSW Police say.

Six people have now lost their lives on NSW roads this long weekend, with the death of a man at East Gosford this morning.

A 47-year-old man died at the scene when his Falcon sedan hit a concrete barrier on York Street, East Gosford, about 4.35am today.

His death comes after five people we killed on NSW roads yesterday, three in one crash.

Motorists are being urged to take the lead in helping reduce the number of deaths on our roadways.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said police are out in force this long weekend, but ultimately it is up to those behind the wheel, to take care and drive safely to keep yourself and your families safe.

“Fatigue is one of the big three killers on NSW roads. Being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on performance as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“If you’re driving home, take regular breaks. There will be about 80 driver reviver locations open all around the state.”

So far during Operation Go Slow, 2193 people have been issued speeding infringements.

More than 100,000 breath tests have been conducted with 90 drink drivers charged. At the same time in 2014, more than 85,000 breath tests were conducted with 174 people charged.

Across the state have been more than 160 major incidents with 64 people injured.

The NSW Anzac Day long weekend road toll stands at six.

Operation Go Slow commenced at 12.01am on Friday (22 April 2016) and concludes at 11.59pm on Anzac Day tomorrow. Double demerits will be in force during this period for all speeding, seatbelt, helmet and mobile phone offences.

Other incidents reported on our roads in the 24 hours include;

Bankstown

About 10am on Saturday 23 April 2016, police were conducting stationary RBT on Fairford Road, Bankstown when they stopped a vehicle and approached the 23-year-old man, driver who failed to produce a licence. Checks revealed his was the holder of a learner’s licence which was disqualified till 2020. He was charged with drive whilst disqualified.

Wollongong

About 10.10am on Saturday 23 April 2016, a 32-year-old man from Corrimal was stopped on Underwood Street, Corrimal. A licence check revealed that he was a suspended driver and this was the third time he allegedly has been detected driving within a week. He was charged with drive whilst suspended.

Lake Macquarie

About 1.20am on Sunday the 24 April 2016, police were conducting stationary RBT on City road, Adamstown Heights. A vehicle was seen to turn off and allegedly avoided the RBT site. Police located the vehicle a short time later in Fernleigh Loop, and it had hit a tree. A 22-year-old man was conveyed to John Hunter Hospital with minor facial Injuries. He was charged with drive whilst licence suspended, and police are awaiting results of a blood sample.

Key Statistics (Day two only);

Speed infringements: 991

Breath tests: 45336

PCA charges: 43

Major crashes: 68

Fatalies: 1