Highway patrol chief pleads for drivers to obey road rules

Senior police are pleading for motorists to obey road rules as holiday traffic volumes continue to increase.
Senior police are pleading for motorists to obey road rules as holiday traffic volumes continue to increase. Michael Stewart

POLICE are pleading with motorists to adhere to the road rules after many concerning incidents were detected during Operation Safe Arrival.

The Christmas-New Year Road Toll remains at four after the death of a man in a crash at 3pm on Christmas Eve at Bostobrick, near Dorrigo.

On the seventh day of Operation Safe Arrival, police detected 907 people travelling above the speed limit, an increase of 144 on the same day in the 2013-14 operation.

Police conducted 54,342 random breath tests and charged 27 people with drink driving, a reduction by 82 on the same day last year.

Double demerits will be in place until Sunday, January 4, for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said he was concerned about incidents detected by police yesterday where driver's showed little regard for other road users.

"I am quite concerned about a small minority of people who have acted completely reckless on the state's roads over the course of the operation so far," he said.

"We had two incidents where people have tried to evade detection by moving away from the driver's seat of a vehicle, including once when the car was still in motion.

"My message is ... if you know you're not meant to be behind the wheel, whether it is due to not having a licence or having too much to drink, respect the law and other motorists by not driving."

Topics:  assistant commissioner john hartley operation safe arrival rbt

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