Fatality-free Easter blitz
DESPITE there being no fatalities on Northern Rivers roads during the annual Easter blitz, police still caught 118 drivers speeding and more than 45 motorists allegedly under the influence of drugs.
Police conducted Operation Tortoise from midnight on Thursday until midnight on Monday.
Northern Region Highway Patrol cluster supervisor Senior Sergeant Chad George said they targeted drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use and mobile phone use.
Snr Sgt George said while there were two fatalities across the state, fortunately the roads in the Tweed Byron and Richmond Local Area Commands remained fatality-free.
“The results and driving behaviour this year were much better than previous years,” he said.
“The area remained fatality-free which was great.”
Although 118 drivers were caught for speeding on the region’s roads, Snr Sgt George said that also was an improvement on past years.
“The number of speeding offences were down and drink driving offences were were down, which is encouraging that people may be getting the message about making our roads safer for everybody,” he said.
“Generally across the board all driving offences were down, but it’s still disappointing the number of offenders detected drink driving with the amount of education and advertising that is out there about the dangers it poses.”
With the Easter road operation over for another year, Snr Sgt George said the focus of police was switching to the looming school holidays.
“In a week and a half we will be moving into the school holiday period and then into the Anzac Day long weekend,” he said.
“Over that period there will be an increased police presence on our roads and operations will be continuing targeting factors that cause serious injury and fatal crashes including drink driving, roadside drug testing, speeding and distractions.”