Obey the rules warns the law
HOW'S this for a chilling prediction. Police figure 132 people will die on NSW roads between this October long weekend and Christmas. With this in mind, they have begun their Operation Slowdown, which ends on Monday. "The people killed or injured in road crashes are not anonymous statistics. They are someone's father, mother, brother, sister or child," Traffic Services Commander, Chief Superintendent John Hartley, said. "Could it be you in a crash this long weekend because you or someone in another car decided to speed or drink and drive? "All highway patrol resources are out and about this weekend, with additional hours provided through the Roads and Traffic Authority enhanced enforcement program. "If you break the road rules this long weekend, you should take this as a warning. No matter what the time of day or the location, we'll be there." During last year's Operation Slowdown, five people died in crashes on NSW roads compared with two for the same operation in 2003. Mr Hartley said that in last year's blitz, 303 people were injured in major smashes, compared with 287 in 2003.