NSW police highway patrol car.
NSW police highway patrol car. Trevor Veale

Dangerous drivers targeted

MORE than 1,800 people received infringements on NSW roads during a state wide traffic operation targeting dangerous driver behaviour.

Operation Compliance ran on Wednesday with 1,215 infringements being issued for mobile phone use, 137 for not keeping left and 586 for defects.

Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the operation should serve as a warning for all drivers of the risks on our roads.

"Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive, is just not getting through.

"In a single day, officers issued more than 1,200 infringements to people who made the selfish choice to use their phone while driving.

"For anyone to take their eyes and concentration off the road and onto a phone while driving shows a complete disregard for personal safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.

"586 defective vehicles in a single day, highlights the level of risk on our roads. Defective brakes, faulty lights, bald tyres, and other issues add to the likelihood of serious injury or death in a crash.

"We have already lost 46 lives on NSW roads this year and the greatest tragedy is that many deaths were avoidable if people took responsibility for their actions and for the maintenance of the vehicles they are driving

"Now is the time for all drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians to re consider their own behaviour on our roads, and not take what are perfect driving conditions today, for granted," Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

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