Drivers slow down during Operation Tortoise

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol have commended the vast majority of road users for displaying proper driving behaviour and showing responsibility during Operation Tortoise.

Operation Tortoise, targeting drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use, mobile-phone use and other forms of dangerous driving ran from Friday to Monday.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Assistant Commissioner, John Hartley, said the vast majority of road users had driven carefully over the weekend.

"Despite some challenging weather conditions motorists generally obeyed the road rules and were able to get to and from their destinations safely," he said.

"Sadly we did have two deaths on NSW roads and another 347 major crashes that left 128 people injured, compared to 2015 when four people died in three separate crashes, and 481 crashes left 212 people injured.

"Although we conducted more than 360,000 breath tests compared to 244,000 last year there was a reduction in the number of motorists detected drink-driving.

"That is a significant reduction, but sadly it is still 307 drivers who have ignored all the warnings putting their own lives, their passengers' lives and the lives of other road users at great risk of death or injury."



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