Just hours after announcing the initiative Operation Saturation because of a recent spike in the NSW road toll, where 229 families have lost a loved one, we lost another life on our roads. An average of 15 lives have been lost every fortnight on our roads since the end of April. Many of these deaths have been in regional NSW. We in The Nationals family know all too well of the personal loss and lifetime grieving that happens on our country roads.
This month, I plead with everyone to slow down and obey the road rules – we do not want to see this tragic spike continue. We know high visibility policing acts are a visual reminder to slow people down and prevent them from doing dangerous things on our roads. During Operation Saturation, road users should expect to see more officers on our roads in more vehicles, working extended shifts, enforcing road safety - for your safety.
The Police Local Areas Commands with the most fatal crashes are many of our regional areas including Cootamundra, Tweed/Byron, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, the Mid North Coast, Shoalhaven, Orana and Brisbane Waters. These areas will be targeted during Operation Saturation.
Police will tackle unsafe driving behaviour like speeding, drink and drug driving, mobile phone use and seat belt offences. They’ll also pay particular attention to improving safety for vulnerable road users, especially pedestrians, older people and motorcyclists.