Christmas road death toll for NSW and QLD stands at 12

TODAY marks the end of the Christmas road toll period, which took the lives of 12 people in New South Wales and Queensland and at least 23 nationally.  

As of lunchtime on Thursday, the Christmas safety campaign by Queensland Police led to 14,334 fines or charges for drink and drug driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.  

Two people were killed on the state's roads, and 236 injured.  

In NSW, 10,800 speeding fines were handed out, along with 880 drink driving charges as part of the NSW Police Force's Operation Safe Arrival.  

There have been 1648 serious crashes, 496 injured and 10 killed on NSW roads during the Christmas period - the NSW policing period runs three days longer than in Queensland.  

Neither NSW nor Queensland had any deaths on its roads in the final 24 hours before the period wrapped up. But NSW police were shocked by a 54-year-old man in Woolgoolga allegedly caught more than four times above the legal drink driving limit while driving unlicensed.  

In another case, two P-plate drivers were caught at Pola Creek near Kempsey hitting speeds of 170kmh on the Pacific Hwy.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said police "continue to be disappointed and baffled" by those speeding, drink driving or not wearing a seatbelt.   


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