Police urge Clarence motorists to slow down

DRIVERS exceeding speed limits and driving recklessly continue to put themselves and other road users at risk.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said all drivers needed to behave responsibly and ensure their welfare and that of other road users remain the top priority.

Over the weekend, five people died on NSW roads, including two teenagers.

"Whilst there are families across New South Wales grieving this morning for the loss of their loved ones in crashes over the weekend, there was certainly the potential for more given the behaviour of other road users police had to deal with in recent days," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

Police have prosecuted 128,051 drivers for speeding so far this year, and Assistant Commissioner Hartley said that these further examples of poor driver behaviour could have quite easily led to further tragedy on our roads.

"Personal responsibility continues to be the factor in serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads. Those that continue to speed and engage in other high risk driving put themselves, their passengers, and other road users at great risk," he said.

"As your speed increases, so does the distance travelled while processing and reacting to a hazard. At the same time, the distance needed for you to stop also increases - at a considerable rate. Speeding also contributes to the increased risk of losing vehicle control. At higher speeds, cars become more difficult to manoeuvre - especially on corners or curves or where evasive action is necessary. The forces experienced by the human body in a collision also increase as the speed increases."



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