String of offences prompt police to call for improved driver behaviour

Date: Aug 13, 2012

A string of offences in the NSW region have prompted police to urge drivers to exercise caution when behind the wheel.

On Tuesday August 7, officials released a statement expressing serious concern about the number of motorists caught driving recklessly over the past few weeks.

One of the people arrested was a 51-year-old male who was driving under the influence of alcohol along Henry Lawson Drive at Milperra – on the wrong side of the road.

Another example of reckless behaviour involved speeding, with a 33-year-old motorcyclist caught going 119 kilometres an hour in a 50 kilometres per hour zone on Sunday August 5.

On the same day, a separate motorcyclist was also caught exceeding the speed limit, this time travelling at approximately 200 kilometres per hour in a 100 kilometres per hour area.

Superintendent Stuart Smith of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said that he was extremely concerned about this type of behaviour given the threat it poses to other road users.

“Put simply, irresponsible behaviour on the roads has consequences,” he asserted.

“In some cases, those consequences are fines, licence suspensions or damaged vehicles. In other cases, such irresponsibility can lead to serious injury or death.”

Mr Smith urged people to exercise more caution and behave responsibly next time they get into their cars, to avoid ending up in a serious crash.

“Drivers need to be aware that every time they get behind the wheel, their actions can have life-changing consequences,” he explained.

Since Mr Smith issued these comments, there have been a few more incidents on the road.

On Friday August 10 at approximately 14:25 in the afternoon a 33-year-old male driver died in a fatal car accident near Woolgoolga.

Then on Saturday August 11, police and emergency services were called to the scene of a truck and car crash at Nambucca Heads.

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