Two pedestrians suffered car accident injuries yesterday (December 30) after the driver of a Toyota Camry mounted the footpath and struck three people.
Afterwards, the driver – a man in his 80s – collided with several parked cars. The incident, which occurred at 2:55pm in Collaroy, required a 50-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy to receive treatment.
The female suffered minor injuries and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital along with a three-month-old baby, who was involved in the accident but reportedly unharmed.
According to NSW Police, ambulance paramedics treated the 17-year-old at the scene before transferring him to Royal North Shore with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Toyota driver emerged from the crash unscathed, but was questioned by police. Officers urged anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward and provide more details.
Police 'stunned' by festive drivers
The circumstances surrounding the Collaroy crash remain unclear. However, NSW Police has admitted its officers are surprised that so many drivers across the state have flouted road rules over the Christmas period.
Commander of the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said it's a shame some motorists continue to ignore the organisation's safety warnings.
His comments come after a man travelling in a bronze Mercedes was allegedly caught speeding at 74 km/h over the 110 km/h limit on the M1 at Somersby.
The 25-year-old driver was arrested and had his licence suspended on the spot. He was also issued with a court attendance notice for speeding and exceeding the limit by more than 45 km/h.
"This is why Traffic and Highway Patrol officers are on our roads, to detect and prosecute such selfish driver behaviour and protect other road users," Mr Hartley said.
Drivers warned of reckless behaviour
NSW Police are currently overseeing Operation Safe Arrival, a holiday season campaign targeting dangerous driving on the state's roads over Christmas and the New Year. Mr Hartley said the reckless behaviour of the Mercedes driver underlines the importance of such initiatives.
"Operation Safe Arrival is about saving lives on our roads, and potentially we have done just that in prosecuting this driver," he explained.
"Those that speed, drink or drug drive, not wear a seatbelt or correct helmet, or are distracted by a mobile phone can expect similar treatment."
Despite officers' best efforts, NSW Police has reported six deaths on the state's roads over the course of the campaign.