Police saturate roads to tackle State’s rising toll
POLICE will be on the region's roads in force from today in a bid to flatten a spike in the NSW road toll.
So far 229 people have been killed on the state's roads this year, with average of 15 lives lost every fortnight since the end of April.
Police began Operation Saturation at midnight last night, targeting serious accident blackspots around the State, including the Pacific Highway.
Clarence MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis is urging the community to play its part to prevent more fatalities on NSW roads.
"With 229 people killed on our roads so far this year, which is 25 more than the same time last year, the NSW Government and the NSW Police Force are pleading with road users to be more cautious," he said.
"Too many lives have been lost and families devastated because of dangerous behaviour such as speeding, drinking driving, not wearing seatbelts and talking/texting on mobile phones.
"We are seeing both drivers and pedestrians being killed across NSW in accidents that could easily be avoided.
"Operation Saturation is designed to make road users sit up and take note of their behaviour and be more cautious on the road.
"The current statistics are concerning and are showing an upward trend. An average of 15 lives have been lost every fortnight on our roads since the end of April.
"I am pleading with my local community to slow down, obey the road rules and look out for others.
"We are seeing an over representation in fatalities in regional NSW and Western Sydney.
"Police will be out in force until the end of September targeting roads in areas where serious accidents are happening, including the Pacific Highway," Mr Gulaptis said.
Operation Saturation is fully funded by the Community Road Safety Fund, which redirects speed camera fines back into the community to make our roads safer.
Since May, the NSW road toll has spiked, with an increase in pedestrians, passengers and older road users killed compared to the same time last year.