NSW police urge drivers to slow down

, NSW Police say

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol officers are urging motorists to slow down after five fatalities in the last 6 hours.

The first crash occurred on First Avenue at Cardiff about 12.40am today yesterday, when a 44-year-old woman was struck by a car, while she crossed the road. The woman was taken to John Hunter Hospital where she later died.

Shortly before 2am yesterday, after a 17-year-old girl died when the car she was driving left the Old Hume Highway, Mittagong, and hit a tree. A 15-year-old boy in the passenger seat sustained fractures and was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital.

About 7.40am today, three young men died when the 4WD they were travelling in left the Mitchell Highway, north of Trangie, and hit a tree.

Police are concerned at the significant amount of speeding offences overnight, with more than 1200 speeding incidents across the state since Operation Go Slow commenced at midnight yesterday.

Motorists are urged to take the lead in helping reduce the number of deaths on our roadways with more than 120 fatalities this year.

Shortly before 10.30pm yesterday, officers attached to Macquarie Fields Highway Patrol detected a Holden Commodore travelling 142kmh in a 60kmh zone along Narellen Road, Narellen Vale.

The 20-year-old man, who is only a provisional driver, had four passengers in the vehicle at the time. His license was seized and suspended and was issued with a fine.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Acting Assistant Commissioner, Stuart Smith, said the road tolls are already too high and drivers simply need to slow down and take care on the roads, don’t speed.

“This long weekend is all about ‘Go Slow’ and being safe on the roads.”

Police will be out in force this weekend and we are not just targeting speeding.” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

Overnight during Operation Go Slow, more than 55,000 breath tests have been conducted with 20 drink drivers charged. At the same time in 2014, more than 38,000 breath tests were conducted with 45 people charged.

Across the state there have been more than 76 major incidents with 25 people injured.

The Anzac Long Weekend road toll stands at five.

Operation Go Slow commenced at 12.01am on Friday yesterday and concludes at 11.59pm on Anzac Day (25 April 2016). 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 past 24 hours include:

Lake Illawarra LAC:

Shortly after 9pm yesterday, yesterday, a 24-year-old man was driving along Lakelands Drive, Koonawarra, when he lost control of his vehicle and ran into a parked car. Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Local Area Command attended the location and conducted a random breath test. The 24-year-old man returned a positive result and was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he was issued with as notice of suspension and had his licence confiscated.

Shoalhaven LAC:

Just after 11am yesterday, yesterday, police stopped a vehicle for a random breath test on Princess Highway, Nowra. The 44-year-old man, who had a three-year-old child and five-year-old child in that car, returned a positive breath test. He was charged with high range PCA.

Orana LAC:

Shortly before 4pm yesterday, yesterday, Orana Traffic and Highway Patrol detected a vehicle travelling along the Golden Highway, Dunedoo, in excess of 30kmh over the sign posted speed limit. The 41-year-old man from Lakemba, had his licence suspended.

Key Statistics (Day one only):
Speed infringements: 1202
Breath tests: 55,460
PCA charges: 20
Major crashes: 76
Fatalities: 5