Police to hold one-day blitz for road safety

Police have announced they will hold a one day blitz across NSW that will focus on some of the biggest road safety risks.

The aim of the blitz is to hold road users accountable and stop the road toll from mounting.

During the operation, named Operation Compliance 3, officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will focus on drivers using mobile phones whilst driving, not wearing seat belts, and driving poorly maintained vehicles.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said it was those drivers continuing to put themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk that will be the targeted throughout the day.

“Despite seat belts being compulsory since 1971, there are some drivers and their passengers that continue to run the risk of serious injury, or even death in a crash,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“Also, law changes in 2012 have made it legal for some drivers to operate mobile phones in an approved cradle, via bluetooth in the vehicle; however police still continue to see drivers with the phone up to their ear or looking down sending a text, not concentrating on the road.

“These issues, combined with vehicles that are defective, only add to the risks on our roads.”

In the last financial year police issued 21,672 infringements to drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, 39,007 for drivers using mobile phones, and 25,175 for vehicle defects.

“Although the road toll is currently at 10 less than this time last year, it still sits at 230, which is a lot of people who haven’t made it home to their loved ones,” he said.

“This operation aims to bring about a change to driver behaviour by targeting these key road safety risks, and encouraging personal responsibility.”

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