David Stuart

4800 speeding fines over long weekend in NSW

POLICE have blasted irresponsible New South Wales drivers after issuing 4800 speeding fines over the Easter break.

A wild long weekend on the state's roads ended with four people dead, including two children, and 189 injured.

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn slammed the selfish driving habits exhibited during the traffic offence crack-down.

"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," she said.

Police arrested 298 people for drink-driving and 222 drivers who tested positive for drugs.

"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," Dep Comm Burn said.

"And today that's the question we are asking: why speed when it's raining, why let yourself become distracted, why get into a car when you have been drinking and drive and why, when you're tired, would you keep driving?

"If they could, that's the question those who have been killed or injured would like to ask."


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