Road user behaviour in NSW needs to change after the death of nine people in vehicle crashes across NSW during the past nine days, according to the NSW Police Force.
Traffic and highway patrol commander, assistant commissioner John Hartley, said recent fatalities are an indicator of the risks that are on our roads.
‘Throughout the Easter and Queen’s Birthday long weekends, we told people that bad motorist behaviour and attitudes had to change,’ assistant commissioner Hartley said.
‘Events of the last nine days have shown us that these attitudes and behaviours are still rife on NSW roads and they’re taking lives.
‘Those who speed, drink or drug drive, don’t wear a seat belt or correct helmet, are distracted by a mobile phone, or are tired, continue to put themselves, their passengers, and other innocent road users at great risk on our roads.
‘In the last nine days, the families, friends, and workmates of nine people have had to make sense out of the death of a loved one in a road crash.’
Assistant commissioner Hartley added that the impact of a road crash was felt beyond the immediate family group by people such as police, members of emergency services, and doctors, nurses, and other medical staff.
‘It is for this reason we, and other road safety organisations, put so much time and effort into keeping the community safe on our roads,’ assistant commissioner Hartley said.
‘As Operation Saturation continues, more officers will be on the roads in more highway patrol cars, more often, enforcing road safety for your safety.
‘However, we can’t do this alone. Drivers, riders and other road users are reminded to take responsibility for their behaviour on the road.’
Funded by NSW Centre for Road Safety, Operation Saturation is a high-visibility campaign which focuses on driving down the road toll. The operation started on Tuesday June 9 and will continue until Monday July 6.