Drivers still speed

Highway patrol.

Highway patrol.

Two drivers travelling more than 50km/h over the speed limit outside Mudgee were among the thousands charged with traffic offences on NSW roads during the Easter long weekend.

A 20-year-old man with a P2 licence was allegedly detected travelling at 160km/h on the Castlereagh Highway at Round Swamp, about 4.15pm on Sunday (April 16).

He had his licence suspended on the spot and was issued an infringement for speeding by more than 45km/h.

Police from Mudgee Highway Patrol were conducting stationary speed enforcement at about 8.20pm on Friday, (April 14), on the Castlereagh Highway at Appletree Flat, when they detected a 38-year-old man travelling at 153km/h along the 100km/h stretch of road.

He was fined and had his licence suspended on the spot as well.

As of midday yesterday, there were 6077 speeding infringements, 274 major crashes, 191,224 conducted for 199 drink driving charges.

Three people had lost their lives on NSW roads this Easter long weekend period - two more than for the same period last year – all three fatalities occurred on rural roads.

A 36-year-old man was recorded as the state’s third fatality when his motorcycle crashed north of Cobar on Saturday, the others at Seaham 40km north of Newcastle, and 45km north-west of Albury.

Operation Tortoise – the Easter Long-Weekend traffic operation,  double-demerit points period – began at 12.01am Thursday, April 13, and ended at 11.59pm on Monday, April 17.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said that despite numerous warnings from police, some motorists still choose to do the wrong thing.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing motorists take unnecessary risks on the road,” he said.

“Drivers must remember the serious responsibility they have to ensure their own safety, that of their passengers and other motorists every time they get behind the wheel.”