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Four dead is four too many, as Operation Stay Alert concludes

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:26:06 PM

Police are dismayed at the loss of four lives during Operation Stay Alert, a four day road policing operation for the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend.

Operation Stay Alert commenced at midnight on Friday 9 June 2017 and concluded last night at 11.59pm (Monday 12 June 2017).

During the operation four people tragically lost their lives.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said four lives lost on NSW roads in one long weekend is a tragedy.

“Four lives lost over the course of one long-weekend is four too many.

“All four deaths over the long-weekend involved vehicles leaving the roadway and crashing, and three of the four crashes were on country roads.

“While investigations are still in their infancy, early investigations indicate that speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol were all factors in the crashes.

“I want all road users to remember that every life lost is a family member, a friend, a work colleague that is lost forever.

“These four deaths need to be more than a reminder; they need to be a wake-up call to those who think they are invincible on the roads.

“If you don’t slow down, put your phone away, wear a seatbelt, and drive sensibly, you could be the next tragedy on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.


Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during the final day (Monday 12 June 2017) of Operation Stay Alert include;

Turramurra

About 5.20pm, officers stopped a car on Bobbin Head Road, Turramurra, after it was allegedly travelling at 75km/h in a 50km/h zone. After stopping the car, officers allegedly found a 2-year-old child in the car unrestrained in a car seat that was also not fitted to the seat. The driver, a 33-year-old woman was issued infringement notices for speeding by more than 20km/h and having an unrestrained child under 4-years-old.

Baulkham Hills

About 6pm, officers stopped two vehicles that were allegedly racing on Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills at a speed of over 100km/h in a 60km/h zone. Both drivers, a 22-year-old Glenhaven man and a 40-year-old Willoughby man were issued court attendance notices for street racing and speeding by more than 30km/h. They are due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on 19 July 2017. Both men had their licences confiscated on the spot.

Moorebank

About 2.30am, officers stopped a Volkswagon Golf after it was travelling at an alleged speed of 151km/h in a 100km/h zone on the M5 at Moorebank. The driver a 19-year-old Casula man with a P1 provisional driver and a licence restriction of 90km/h, was issued an infringement for exceed speed by more than 45km/h and had his licence confiscated on the spot.

Rozelle

About 8.30am, officers stopped a Ducati motorcycle on Victoria Road, Rozelle, after it was travelling at an alleged speed of 123km/h in a 60km/h zone. The rider, a 29-year-old Canley Heights man, was issued an infringement for speeding by more than 45km/h and had his licence confiscated on the spot.

Key statistics (total):

Speed infringements: 5161

Breath tests: 159,254

PCA charges: 247

Major crashes: 302

Fatalities: 4