Police concerned about serious crashes in first week of 2016
POLICE are calling on motorists to drive safely, with Operation Arrive Alive continuing right through to Australia Day.
The state-wide operation started on December 18.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said January was a month that had, in the past, left a high road toll.
"Last January fatal crashes claimed the lives of 37 people and in 2014 there were 34 people killed," he said.
"Those 71 deaths include 35 drivers, 18 motorcyclists, 10 passengers, seven pedestrians and one bicycle rider.
"The fact four of those crashes claimed multiple lives highlights their severity and why we need all road users to work with us to make the roads safer."
Five people have already died in the first week of the year and police are also concerned about serious injury crashes during this period.As part of Operation Arrive Alive, double demerit points will apply for speeding, mobile phone use, seatbelt and helmet use.
Double demerits will apply from January 22-26 inclusive.