Police will be out in force on the Northern Rivers for the next three weeks as part of Operation Saturation.
Police will be out in force on the Northern Rivers for the next three weeks as part of Operation Saturation. Contributed NSW Police Force

Number of fatal crashes high during police road blitz

THE number of fatal and serious crashes in the Richmond Local Area Command is almost on par with the number of drink and drug driving offences since Operation Saturation began.

Recent statistics show 14 injury and fatal crashes have occurred in the Richmond LAC in the eight days since the police blitz begun, tallied yesterday.

The figure is one short of the 15 people charged with drink or drug driving offences in the command.

Tweed/Byron LAC has had almost a third of the injury and fatal crashes, with five recorded since April 10.

However, year-to-date tallies are closer, with 86 injury and fatal crashes in the Richmond LAC and 76 in the Tweed/Byron.

So far, 173 drivers have been issued infringement and court attendance notices for other traffic violations in the Richmond LAC and 116 in the Tweed/Byron.

Operation Saturation was triggered by the need to reduce road fatalities across the state after figures revealed this year's road toll is significantly higher than last year's.

Additional highway patrol police have been on the roads through a combination of officers working overtime on shift or on their days off.

Police have been targeting the usual key risk factors which include speeding, drink and driving offences, not wearing a seatbelt or helmet, fatigue, and driving distracted.

Operation Saturation began last Friday, April 15, and will continue until Thursday April 21.

It will be immediately followed by Operation GO SLOW, which covers the Anzac long weekend from April 22 to 25 when double demerit points will apply.

Year to date statistics:

Injury and fatal crashes

Richmond LAC: 86

Tweed/Byron: 76

Drink and Drug Driving offences

Richmond LAC: 145

Tweed/Byron LAC: 170

Traffic Legal Actions

Richmond LAC: 2968

Tweed/Bryon LAC: 2559



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