Horror start to year after four die on region’s roads
POLICE are pleading with motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions after four people died on Northern Rivers roads in eight days.
Throughout the state more than double the number of people have been killed in crashes as in the same period in 2013.
Inspector Nicole Bruce of Ballina police said unfortunately it had been a tragic start to 2014 on the roads after last year's record low road toll.
"The number of fatalities around the state and even throughout Australia is up over this time last year, which is not good," she said.
"We have had increased patrols and the traffic command tasked extra cars to known areas during the holidays.
"We continue to be concerned about the number of deaths on the roads with the measures we have been putting in place."
Police have been targeting speeding, drink driving, seatbelts, fatigue and the inattention or distraction of motorists since the Christmas holidays begun.
Insp Bruce said it was better for motorists to arrive at their destination late than not at all.
"We want people to get to their destination safely and think about the repercussions if they are involved in one of these accidents," she said.
"It is not worth speeding or dangerous driving and not arriving to meet your friends and family safely."
On Sunday a 26-year-old Casino man was found dead in his Subaru station wagon after it ran off Ellangowan Rd at Yorklea, went down an embankment and crashed into several trees.
This followed the death of a 20-year-old woman, killed in a two-car crash on Ross Lane near Lennox Head on Thursday afternoon.
On Saturday two men from Casino and Crabbes Creek were killed in single-vehicle crashes at Casino and Upper Main Arm.
Yesterday the NSW road toll stood at 31, more than double the number of deaths at the same time last year, when 12 people had died.