Police working to reduce rural road trauma in Southern Region – Operation Chrome

Police in the Southern Region are launching Operation Chrome this weekend, in order to reduce road trauma and save lives on rural roads.

Operation Chrome is a state-wide regional operation being conducted in Southern, Northern and Western regions tomorrow (Friday 17 May 2019) and Saturday (18 May 2019).

The operation will utilise police from all districts within the Southern region, working alongside officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command.

Police will be targeting poor driving behaviours on rural roads – including speeding, drink and drug-driving, not wearing seatbelts, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and fatigue.

Drivers and riders should expect to see more police on rural roads and highways over the weekend.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie, Commander of the Southern Region, said reducing rural road trauma is a top priority for the entire region.

“During Operation Chrome, it won’t just be officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol that will be tasked with keeping everyone safe on our roads.

“If you are on the road and doing something wrong, you can expect to be stopped by police in an unmarked car, general duties police, or one of our highway patrol officers.

“Our main aim is to stop fatal crashes before they happen. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If everyone takes personal responsibility for their actions, it will save lives. It’s that simple,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.

Inspector Scott Nelson, Southern Region Traffic Tactician said if everyone does their part, the roads will be a safer place.

“Sadly, we have already lost 26 lives on Southern NSW roads this year. Most crashes happen in rural and regional areas, which is why you will see us in numbers this weekend.

“We make no apologies for taking licences away from anyone who puts themselves and other road users at risk through dangerous driving behaviours,” Insp Nelson said.

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