Drop in drink driving, rise in speeding over long weekend

ON Day Three of the Queen's Birthday long weekend traffic campaign, Sunday, there was a drop in drink driving charges but it seems motorists are continuing to ignore speed limits, with speed infringement notices up by more than 100.

Operation Stay Alert, the NSW Police Force's traffic operation for the Queen's Birthday long weekend, began at 12.01am on Friday and runs until 11.59pm today.
Yesterday, police conducted over 7400 more random breath tests than at the same time last year; however caught 70 less drivers under the influence of alcohol.

Key statistics (Day Three):

  • Speed infringements: 1096
  • Breath tests: 57,324
  • PCA charges: 62
  • Major crashes: 76
  • Fatalities: 1

Despite the decline in drink drivers caught; over 120 more people were caught speeding across the state compared to the same time last year, with 1096 drivers issued speeding infringement notices yesterday.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said while it was encouraging to see PCA charges down significantly, the increase in speeding offences is frustrating for police patrolling the roads.

"It's not rocket science, the faster you drive, the harder you'll hit an object if you crash, and the more chance of a fatality," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"We have also seen too many drivers who have been speeding with many caught doing more than 45km/h over the speed limit.

"More than 3,400 motorists risked their own lives, and those of fellow road-users, by breaking the speed limit over the course of the last three days.

"People need to realise that speed limits are set for a reason - exceeding them can have a devastating impact on your life. You could seriously injure or kill yourself, or another road user.

"Please, slow down and stick to the speed limit - if everyone did, we'd have far less people dying on our roads," he said.



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