Dodgy drivers targeted in police operation

IF YOU'RE driving on Clarence Valley roads today you might have noticed a strong police presence.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Local Area Command officers across NSW are today zeroing in on road users not wearing seat belts, using mobile phones and offending in school zones as part of a state-wide operation.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said Operation Compliance 3 was about ensuring drivers were fully responsible, not only for their driving and riding behaviour, but also for the roadworthiness of their vehicles.

"Drivers and passengers continue to run the risk of serious injury or even death in a crash when not wearing seat belts," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"We know that drivers using mobile phones, who are concentrating on their call, text, or post instead of the road, are at a much greater risk of being involved in a crash.

"The importance of school zones cannot be understated. We want those on our roads to be fully responsible for both their driving and their vehicles."

The road toll currently stands at 244 - 45 more than this time last year - and Assistant Commissioner Hartley said now was the time for everyone to get the message about being fully accountable for their actions.

In the past financial year, police issued 15,849 infringement notices for seat belt offences, 38,558 for mobile offences, 16,557 for school zone offences and 19,998 for vehicle standards.



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