Operation Safe Arrival: No deaths on NSW roads for 24 hours

DAY 13 of police operation Safe Arrival has been fatality free. 

The operation is an  annual statewide Christmas and New Year traffic enforcement campaign.

It began at 12.01am on Friday 20 December 2013 and will conclude just before midnight tonight.

Since the start of the operation, 10 people have lost their lives in nine crashes.

Despite no road deaths today police say they are still concerned by the number of motorists who continue to break the law.

In the 24 hours to midnight, police performed:

  • 48,576 random breath tests, resulting in 102 drink-driving charges.
  •  656 infringement notices for speeding were issued
  • 1308 for other traffic offences, such as not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile phone while driving were also issued.
  • A total of 24 people were injured in 76 major crashes.

Incidents of note during Day 13 of Operation Safe Arrival included:

  •  At 6.30pm, police arrested a 54-year-old man after he allegedly returned a positive random-breath test on Bosworth Road, Woolgoolga. A subsequent breath-analysis test returned an alleged reading of 0.234. It will be alleged the man's driver's licence expired in June 2005. The man has been issued with a future court attendance notice to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on 28 January 2014.
  •  About 5.45pm, an off-duty police officer observed a man riding a motorcycle in George Street, Coonabarabran. It's alleged the rider was not wearing a helmet, and almost lost control of the bike as he turned into the car park of a school. Police arrived shortly after and submitted the 21-year-old man to a breath test, with an alleged positive result. A breath-analysis test returned an alleged reading of 0.228. It's alleged the man admitted to drinking a full bottle of straight vodka before riding his unregistered, uninsured bike in only shorts and thongs. He has been charged, and is due to appear in Dubbo Local Court today (Thursday 2 January 2014)
  • About 4.40pm, police detected two cars travelling directly behind each other at alleged speeds of up to 170km/h on the Pacific Highway at Pola Creek (near Kempsey). The sign-posted speed limit in the area is 100km/h. The drivers, both males with provisional driver's licences, were issued with infringement notices for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h. Police also suspended and confiscated the drivers' licences.
  • Just before 10.30pm, police stopped a car on Vera Street, South Tamworth, after observing the female driver allegedly using her mobile phone. Officers breath-tested the 40-year-old woman with an alleged positive result, and noted an 11-month-old baby in a booster seat in the back of the car. A subsequent breath-analysis test returned an alleged reading of 0.109. The woman was charged with mid-range PCA and granted conditional bail to appear in Tamworth Local Court on 1 January 2014.

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