Away from the fast pace of the state hubs Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle, it is important that authorities continue to place regional NSW under the microscope. Road safety in rural areas remains a concern and with bulk of Australia’s heavy vehicles passing through the state every year, illegal driving practices can have serious consequences.
To address this risk, the Southern Region of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command have recently completed Operation Drink Drive around Wagga Wagga. The operation was conducted over four days and caught many drivers for a myriad of offences including drink driving, speeding and mobile phone use.
Although the sample size of drivers was small, a high number of drivers were breaking the law and putting others at risk. In fact, this comes at a time where local road toll statistics are 66 per cent higher than the same point in 2014 (five compared to three).
Senior Sergeant Wayne McLachlan, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Southern Region Riverina Cluster believes that drivers can do better when moving through regional areas.
“The recent road statistics in the Wagga Wagga area show that road users are not taking the responsibility of holding a driver’s licence seriously, and are continually putting lives on the line while on the roads,” he said.
“We are doing everything we can to help prevent people dying on our roads, but police can only do so much. Motorists need to take responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to break the road rules, you will be caught.”
Northern NSW addressing road safety
It isn’t just southern NSW taking a tougher stance on safety, authorities in the northern regions are also looking to reduce their ever-growing road toll. Across this regional area which includes the Hunter Valley, Tweed/Bryon and the Mid North Coast, 85 people have lost their lives in car accidents during the year.
In fact, NSW police explained that more than 40,000 speeding infringements have been issued so far in 2015. Along with alcohol and drugs, speeding is the number one cause of road incidents.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident across regional NSW and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most drivers and pedestrians.
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.