With a ever-increasing road toll, NSW police are beginning a new operation designed to target specific accident-prone sites and catch drivers in the surrounding areas who are breaking the law.
Beginning on Sunday until the end of the September, the campaign dubbed ‘Operation Saturation 2’ will see a major crackdown on offences such as speeding, drink driving, illegal mobile phone use and seat belts.
NSW police revealed the heavy crash areas that will feature heavy police presence during the operation. This includes streets around Coffs Harbour, Brisbane Waters, Hunter Valley and Orana.
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said these specific behaviours are some of the biggest killers on our roads.
“This crackdown is funded by the Community Road Safety Fund, which is where all speed camera revenue is directed and goes towards road safety initiatives including school zone flashing lights,” he said.
“Based on the Centre for Road Safety’s crash data, police presence will be boosted in areas that have been identified as leading locations for fatal crashes this year.”
Acting Assistant Commissioner Bob Ryan said the families of victims are heavily affected on car accidents.
“Operation Saturation is about not only reducing the road toll, but reducing the wider impact on the victim’s family and friends, and on the community as a whole,” he said.
According to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres, 202 people have already lost their lives on NSW roads this year and described two statistics that police aim to turn around. So far this year, more men have been killed than women in road accidents and there have been significantly more crashes on country roads than in urban areas.
“Motorists need to be aware that the operation is not about infringing motorists – it’s about slowing them down and making sure they drive safely,” Mr Ayres said.
With less than just over four months until the end of 2014, NSW is on target to exceed last year’s road toll of 339. Without the intervention of police and motorists taking more responsibility, it is likely more lives will be lost before the end of the year.
NSW car accident compensation
The important thing to remember about car accidents in NSW is that you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to cyclists as well as passengers injured in car accidents, pedestrians crossing the road and pillion passengers on motorbikes.
It is important to contact an car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advise about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.