Police urge motorists to slow down as Operation Safe Arrival death toll rises

The motorcyclist's death comes after the Boxing Day crash that killed Craig Anthony Whitall and the parents of Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt. CLICK THE PHOTO for the full story.
The motorcyclist's death comes after the Boxing Day crash that killed Craig Anthony Whitall and the parents of Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt. CLICK THE PHOTO for the full story.

NSW Police are once again urging drivers to slow down and take extra care on our roads with another life lost during Operation Safe Arrival.

About 10pm on Thursday (December 28) emergency services were called to Munro Street, Crestwood (in Queanbeyan) following reports a motorcycle had crashed into a sign. The man died at the scene and 22 lives have now been lost on our roads during Operation Safe Arrival.

On day 14 of Operation Safe Arrival, NSW Police issued over 1000 speeding infringements and they’re pleading with motorists to slow down. 

Also on day 14:

► 20 people were injured in 51 major crashes reported state-wide.

► 25 people have been charged with drink driving offences

►Officers conducted 46,572 breath tests.

This year we have seen too many single vehicle crashes in our state’s regional areas.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said people who are considering driving long distances during the holidays should plan ahead and allow plenty of time for rest breaks.

“This year we have seen too many single vehicle crashes in our state’s regional areas. Drivers need to be aware of the risks associated with tiredness and speed.

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“Double demerits remain in force, and with more police on our roads, those who choose to ignore the warnings and engage in high-risk behaviour will be caught.

“We are urging drivers to take responsibility for their actions and to slow down to ensure no more lives are lost this year,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during Day 14 (Thursday, December 28) of Operation Safe Arrival include,

► About 8am, a 56-year-old man from Canley Vale was stopped on McEvoy Street, Alexandria. It was revealed that the man has never held a driver’s licence and is currently disqualified from driving until 2021. The driver was arrested and charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period (x2). He will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday January 10, 2018.

► About 5.35pm, a 29-year-old man from Wolli Creek collided with a stationary vehicle on Avoca Street, Randwick. He returned a positive breath test and later returned a breath analysis of 0.229. He was charged with high-range drink driving and is due to face Waverley Local Court on Wednesday January 10, 2018.

Tragedy on our roads - scenes from a fatal smash on the South Coast and in recent days there have been fatal car accidents near Taree and Wauchope.

Tragedy on our roads - scenes from a fatal smash on the South Coast and in recent days there have been fatal car accidents near Taree and Wauchope.