Police appeal for safer driving

POLICE are appealing for motorists to get serious about safe driving after a long-weekend police blitz resulted in hundreds of charges being laid for dangerous driving and other offences.

Operation Tortoise saw hundreds of extra police take to NSW roads and highways in a bid to keep the Easter long weekend road toll down and reduce dangerous driving.

Over the weekend 5598 motorists were booked for speeding, 355 were charged with drink-driving offences and 8836 infringement notices were issued - 690 of these were for seatbelt offences.

Despite the extra police presence, three people died in crashes over the long weekend. While this is two less than the Easter long weekend period last year, Superintendent Stuart Smith from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said it was still three too many.

Supt Smith said particularly concerning to police this Easter was the amount of seatbelt offences for drivers and also passengers not wearing the life-saving safety devices.

"It should be second nature to put a seatbelt on when you get into a car and yet we have nearly 700 people caught not wearing them over the long weekend," Supt Smith said.

Supt Smith said although Operation Tortoise was now over for another year, police would continue to target dangerous drivers on NSW roads.



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