Police praise drivers

THE STATE’S State's long weekend road toll stood at four late yesterday as police across the region commended motorists for generally good behaviour on Northern Rivers roads.

The death of a 76-year-old man whose car rolled into a tree at low speed on Manifold Road, Casino, about 6.30am on Sunday will not be counted towards the toll as doctors confirmed he died of a heart attack and sustained no injuries from the accident.

A truckie who died when his semi-trailer rolled on an F3 weighing station exit north of Sydney on Sunday afternoon may also not be included in the official long weekend road toll statistics as the crash did not occur on a normal section of public road.

A motorcyclist was killed when his motorbike ran off the Gwydir Highway about 20km west of Grafton on Saturday morning. Police said the 42-year-old man died instantly when his bike ploughed into trees about 11.30am after losing control on a bend.

Operation Stay Alert concluded at midnight last night with statewide drink-driving offences noticeably down compared with last year.



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