Increase in road fatalities prompts Higway Patrol blitz
October 28, 2008
Highway Patrol Police on the North Coast are being supported by Highway Patrol Police from Traffic Services Sydney targeting speed, road trauma and antisocial driving behaviour.
Richmond Command has reported 15 fatal crashes, with 16 deaths, compared with seven fatal crashes with seven deaths for the same period in 2007.
Police said that 62% of collisions resulted in injury, with 39% of the collisions involving excessive speed or alcohol.
The accident data reveals that speed-related collisions predominately occur in the early hours of the morning.
Police locally will be supplemented by Traffic Services Police on police motorcycles, marked and unmarked, working 24 hours a day from 2nd November to 6th December.
Police will then commence operations focusing on holiday traffic within the region.
Motorists are warned they will see a dramatic increase in Highway Patrol Police visibility during the operation.
“If you flaunt the law, be prepared to wear the consequences,” police said.