As Easter wraps up for another year, NSW police are disappointed in the amount of risky behaviour seen on the roads and the high fatality rate.
A total of four people lost their lives on state roads over the long weekend. This number is double that of the same period in 2014. Additionally, close to 200 people were injured in car accidents during the four day period – slightly down from last year.
Commander of Specialist Operations, Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn led Operation Tortoise from Thursday April 2 through to Monday April 6 and explained the commitment from authorities.
“We got the message out there, but we’re disappointed the message didn’t get through,” she said in an April 7 media statement.
“Police were out there all weekend, night and day, we’re doing our best to keep motorists safe but it seems there are some who just don’t care. Don’t care about themselves or anybody else.”
Ms Burn went onto state that the most common cause of car accidents over the long weekend was a lack of attention. Not only in relation to the driving itself, but to the surrounding environment and weather conditions.
With the NSW school holidays now beginning, the Deputy Commissioner is urging drivers to modify their behaviour and take more responsibility for their actions.
“We are asking that all motorists change their attitude to driving, pay attention so they get to and from their destinations safely,” she said.
Proactive police work
Police were also engaged in a number of proactive procedures to ensure the Easter road toll didn’t rise anymore. This included over 240,000 breath tests which resulted in 298 drink driving charges.
As well as this, there were 4,801 infringement notices issued for speeding and 222 positive drug tests out of 1,300 random samples.
“The number of detections for speeding, drink and drug driving is one thing, so are the fines which go with the infringement notices, but it’s the human cost, those who die on the roads, those who are injured, and the ones who are left behind to try and make sense of it all,” Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident in NSW over the school holidays and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.