Police operation targetting driver's deadliest behaviours
NSW Police have begun the road safety campaign, Operation Saturation 2 to target specific behaviour that can be the biggest killers on our roads.
The deadliest behaviour includes speeding, drink driving, illegal mobile phone use and seatbelt offences. Acting Assistant Commissioner, Bob Ryan said the campaign, running until the end of September, was also about reducing impacts on the families of victims. "With the support of the NSW Centre for Road Safety, officers will be working 1,180 more shifts in addition to normal patrols over the next four weeks, and will be solely focused on reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on our roads," Mr Ryan said. He said the operation targets fatal behaviour. Last year, 339 people lost their lives in 321 fatal crashes in NSW and there have already been 202 deaths on the state's roads this year. "When you consider the families, friends and workmates of these individuals, the number of people directly and indirectly affected is significant," Mr Ryan said. "Operation Saturation is about not only reducing the road toll, but reducing the wider impact on the victim's family and friends, and on the community as a whole." Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay said the crackdown was funded by the Community Road Safety Fund, which was where all speed camera revenue was directed. "Based on the Centre for Road Safety's crash data, Police presence will be boosted in areas that have been identified as leading locations for fatal crashes this year," he said.
"This includes areas around Richmond in northern NSW, Tweed, Coffs Harbour, Brisbane Waters, the mid north coast, Hunter Valley, Shoalhaven, Goulburn, Kur-ring-gai and Orana," Mr Gay said.