NSW Police has warned drivers to be more careful on the state’s roads, following a number of deaths and car accident injuries over the weekend.
The organisation confirmed four people were killed in separate crashes on Sunday March 1 alone, and officers continue to investigate the incidents.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley urged motorists to follow road rules and assess the surrounding conditions when behind the wheel.
He said: “Today we lost four lives on our roads – all of them tragedies that could have been avoided.
“Driving distracted, tired, under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failing to wear seat belts or correct helmets can easily lead to a fatal crash in a split second.”
Assistant Commissioner Hartley asked motorists to consider their loved ones and remain alert so they can reach home safely and prevent the road toll from escalating.
According to NSW Police, officers are currently preparing a number of reports for the coroner because of the deaths that occurred over the weekend. The first of these accidents involved two men in a Peugeot convertible.
The car was travelling south on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, Royal National Park when it is alleged the driver crossed into an oncoming lane at a sharp left-hand bend, resulting in the vehicle leaving the road. While the passenger was transferred to St George Hospital with non-specified car accident injuries, the driver died at the scene.
Other incidents in NSW
Elsewhere on the roads on Sunday, a fatal crash occurred on Hume Highway, Gundagai. Emergency services attended the accident, where it is believed a Hyundai Elantra collided with a railing on the side of the road after veering from its course.
The 22-year-old driver was killed in the incident, although no other road users suffered harm.
A cyclist was also fatally injured in a Tour De Hills race taking part in Kellyville. The man, who was participating alongside 700 other riders, fell off his bike and was hit by a motorcyclist with a sidecar.
The cyclist, who was in his 40s, died at the scene, and the motorbike owner received mandatory blood and urine testing at a local hospital.
Lastly, a man driving a Holden Rodeo ute crashed into a tree approximately 32 kilometres south west of Oberon. Despite the arrival of emergency services, the individual was declared dead at the scene.