Operation Go Slow on our roads

Police from the road safety operation ‘Go Slow’ are pleading with drivers to take care following the death of a man in a crash yesterday (Thursday 25 April 2014).

Investigations are underway after the man died in a two-vehicle crash near Nowra.

The annual state-wide Anzac Day blitz began yesterday and sees increased numbers of police patrolling all major traffic routes.

Double demerits will remain in place until Sunday (April 27) for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley is reminding motorists to be alert and use caution while travelling throughout the state.

“One death on our roads is one too many. It is so important these types of deaths are prevented by drivers driving to the road conditions,” he said.

“There will be a significant increase in traffic across the weekend as the school holidays wind-up and people start heading home.”

“It is crucial that drivers take care on our roads, remain patient and be courteous to other road users,” he said.

During day one of the operation, police have issued 806 drivers with tickets for speeding and conducted more than 38,000 breath tests resulting in 17 drivers charged with being under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to the fatal crash, 49 people have been injured in 135 major crashes across the state.

Some significant incidents from Day One of Operation Go Slow include:

- A 57-year-old man has been charged with speeding after he was allegedly detected by police travelling at 125km/h in a 70km/h zone on the Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath. The man was pulled over about 5.40am today (Friday 25 April 2014), and his licence was suspended as a result of the incident.

- A 39-year-old Queensland man was stopped and breath tested by police on West Street, Gundagai, about 6pm yesterday (Thursday 24 April 2014). He allegedly returned a reading of 0.207 and was subsequently charged with high-range PCA.

- About 10.20am yesterday (Thursday 24 April 2014), police allegedly observed a motor vehicle travelling without registration plates on Parkland Crescent, Lavington. Police activated their lights and sirens and attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver allegedly accelerated away. A pursuit was initiated but ended when the driver crashed into a house. The 26-year-old male driver was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station. He was charged with not stop - police pursuit - Skye’s Law, unlicensed driving (never held a licence), use unregistered vehicle, use uninsured vehicle and possess unauthorised number plate.

- A 20-year-old P-plate driver will appear in court next month after he was charged with high-range PCA. The man was stopped for the purpose of a random breath test on Calala Lane, Tamworth, about 1.20am today (Friday 25 April 2014). He allegedly returned a reading of 0.168 and was arrested. The man was charged with high-range PCA and his licence was suspended.