Over the long weekend, four people died on NSW roads compared to two people last year, with 189 people being injured down 17 on last year (206 injured). Meanwhile, 243,888 breath tests were conducted resulting in 298 drink driving charges, and 4801 infringements notices were issued for speeding. 1300 Random Drug Tests performed that resulted in 222 positive tests.
Commander of Specialist Operations, Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said police are extremely disappointed that some motorists were not listening, and at worst, not thinking.
“Right now there are four people dead, including two young children, and families are left wondering why. One of the reasons is lack of attention. Not paying attention to the conditions. Not paying attention to their surroundings. And just not paying attention.
“While the Easter long weekend has ended, the school holidays have just begun, and there will be thousands of families taking a break.
“We are asking that all motorists change their attitude to driving, pay attention so they get to and from their destinations safely,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said while some of the traffic offence figures were down the motoring public needed to show greater concentration.
“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.
“It appears the answer is impatience and complacency.
“Today I’m asking everyone who uses the roads, those on holidays, those going to and from work, pedestrians alike, to think about what they’re doing, if not for their own sake but for the sake of their family and friends,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Do you agree that the attitude of some motorists is to blame for accidents on our roads?