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Police are urging drivers to slow down and use extreme caution in the current wet weather conditions that are expected to deteriorate today, after a number of serious crashes across the state so far during Operation Safe Return.

Officers attended 127 major crashes on Saturday, where 46 people suffered injuries, but fortunately no deaths have so far been reported.

Highway collision

Traffic was blocked on the Pacific Highway for more than two hours yesterday when two vehicles, one a minibus, were involved in a head-on collision at Tintenbar around 3.45pm.

Echonetdaily understands two people were taken to hospital as a result of the accident.

A family travelling along Bangalow Road near Friday Hut Road, Binna Burra, had a lucky escape when a tree branch fell on their small hatchback in high winds at about 4pm, denting the bonnet and causing temporary traffic delays.

No-one appeared to have been injured in the accident.

It is almost the same spot where a head-on collision occurred on Friday, causing two people to be hospitalised.

Double demerits

More than 800 motorists were detected speeding, and were issued speeding infringement notices, while more than 42,000 breath tests of drivers resulted in 47 people charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Double demerits are being enforced for speeding, seatbelt/restraint and helmet offences until midnight tonight.

With current wet and windy conditions on our roads expected to continue today, police are urging all motorists to slow down and take care in the slippery conditions as well as to consider their travel plans.

Acting Superintendent Mark Cook, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said motorists need to ensure they maintain focus on the roads in the weather conditions and remember the police presence out there this weekend.

‘We have seen a number of serious crashes already in just two days into the long weekend resulting in serious injuries for some drivers.

‘There has also been a significant number of people thinking they can drink alcohol and drive safely home, but are quickly finding out they can’t when stopped by police and charged for drink driving.

‘With the current wet weather conditions in some parts of the state, we are asking motorists to take extra caution when driving and ensure they are well rested before starting out on their trip.

‘These conditions are expected to deteriorate tomorrow and drivers are asked to consider their travel plans, including delaying them until conditions improve or not driving at all.

‘We have extra police out there on our major highways as well as local officers patrolling their commands, so drivers need to be aware that if they disobey the road rules, they are likely to be caught,’ Acting Superintendent Cook said.

 


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