Rising road toll saddens police

POLICE are reeling after another horror weekend on NSW roads and are warning North Coastmotorists to drive to conditions following a spate of accidents with the recent wet weather.

Another 10 people lost their lives in accidents across the State, including a man who died after his car left the road and hit a power pole about 15km south of Tweed Heads on Sunday.

The latest fatalities take the State’s road toll to 452, which is now close to 100 more than the same period last year.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the current death toll was evidence people were still taking unnecessary risks.

“Ten people killed on the roads in little more than 48 hours is horrific for the emergency services who responded to those incidents and devastating for the loved ones they leave behind,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Seven of those deaths have occurred in single-vehicle crashes, where the vehicle has either rolled or struck a stationary object – such as a tree, power pole or fence.

“I’m deeply saddened and horrified at this senseless loss of life and my heart goes out to the 10 families who will be without their loved ones this Christmas.”



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