NSW Police traffic boss mourns global losses to road trauma

NSW Police are acknowledging a global commemoration of those who have died in traffic incidents.
NSW Police are acknowledging a global commemoration of those who have died in traffic incidents. David Nielsen

NSW Police are observing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims to reflect on the number of lives lost on our roads.

Traffic and Highway Patrol's Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith has joined the global acknowledgement of victims.

"With 285 people having lost their lives on NSW roads so far this year, from 267 fatal crashes, this is a timely but sad reminder of the need for all of us to take personal responsibility for our actions," he said.

"With the warmer weather and more people out and about driving, riding, walking and cycling, none of us should become complacent on our roads and footpaths.

"The Traffic and Highway Patrol Command now have a significant capability to enforce road safety across NSW with 1254 officers, 565 vehicles, and 80 motorcycles all dedicated to keeping us safe.

"Our 416 Mobile Automatic Numberplate Recognition enabled cars continue to prosecute unregistered, uninsured and unsafe vehicles and drivers, effectively preventing serious injury and fatal crashes before they happen.

"With injury and fatal crashes in NSW falling by at least 11.1% based on this time last year, our efforts and partnerships with other agencies are continuing to deliver road safety benefits for those that use our roads."

Currently the road fatality rate in NSW, per 100,000 of population is 4.39.

This is in contrast to the rate in 1908 when records first started which was 7.6.

"With advances in technology and increases in population and vehicles, the rate today is a significant indicator of the dedication and commitment of police in driving down the road toll.

"We should all take a moment today to think about those that have lost loved ones across NSW and Australia in road fatalities, and perhaps also consider this on a global scale.

"There is a real need to take personal responsibility for our actions on our roads."

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