Four people die despite NSW Police road safety operation

Date: May 07, 2018

NSW Police has warned motorists to show more responsibility on the state’s roads after four people were killed during a three-day dangerous driving prevention initiative.

Between Friday April 27 and Monday April 29, officers ran Operation Chrome across rural roads in NSW’s Southern Region to reduce car accident injuries and fatalities. Country roads have four times the number of deaths in NSW than inner-city areas, according to the recent Road Safety Plan 2021 report.

Operation Chrome marred by deaths

Unfortunately, despite high visibility policing during the three-day period, there were three deaths on the Sunday and one on the Saturday.

On Sunday, a woman and a man died in a collision with another car, while another driver lost his life in a single-vehicle crash in a separate incident. A 63-year-old woman was killed the previous day when riding as a pillion passenger on a motorcycle. She fell from the bike after a tree branch struck her.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie, Southern Region commander, said the deaths should act as a reminder for people to be more careful while driving.

“Entire families and communities are feeling the loss of loved ones, and every road user must accept that safety on our roads is a shared responsibility,” he said.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If every driver or rider takes personal responsibility for their actions, it will save lives. It’s that simple.”

More than 30,000 road users stopped

Operation Chrome targeted a number of risky behaviours behind the wheel, including speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, using a mobile phone and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The initiative also aimed to educate people about driving while tired. Crashes where one of the drivers was fatigued are twice as likely to be fatal because motorists don’t brake when they’re asleep, NSW Centre for Road Safety research found.

During Operation Chrome, officers conducted 26,852 random breath tests, with 82 drivers allegedly found to be over the limit. Nearly 800 drug tests were performed, with 53 positive results.

“The biggest tragedy is that most of the lives we have already lost were because of a poor decision by someone behind the wheel,” said Superintendent Bob Ryan, Regional Command of the Traffic and Highway Patrol.

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