John Gass

Police say drivers need attitude change after nine deaths

DRIVERS have been warned to improve their attitudes or face the consequences following the death of nine people on NSW roads over nine days.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the rash of dangerous driving behaviour seen over the Easter and Queen's Birthday long weekends had not eased despite warnings from police.

"Events of the last nine days have shown us that these attitudes and behaviours are still rife on NSW roads and they're taking lives," he said on Monday.

"In the last nine days, the families, friends, and workmates of nine people have had to make sense out of the death of a loved one in a road crash."

Mr Hartley said more officers and highway patrol cars would be on the state's roads as Operation Saturation continues.

"However, we can't do this alone. Drivers, riders and other road users are reminded to take responsibility for their behaviour on the road," he said. 

NINE DAYS OF DEATH

June 13 - 18-year-old Dubbo man killed in passenger seat when the car he was in hit a tree

June 15 - 41-year-old man killed in single-vehicle crash at Sandgate

June 16 - Woman dies in hospital following crash a month earlier when her car hit a concrete barrier and was then hit by a truck on the M4 highway in Sydney

June 17 - Bowral man, 86, dies in hospital after being hit by a car while crossing the road in Bowral

June 17 - Dover Heights man, 51, dies after head-on crash at North Bondi

June 19 - 44-year-old man killed after being hit by a truck while walking along the Snowy Mountains Hwy in Bemboka

June 19 - Man in his 70s dies after utility crash with a semi-trailer and a tree near Denman

June 19 - 83-year-old female cyclist dies after being hit by a car at Berkeley Vale on the Central Coast

June 20 - 37-year-old man dies in hospital after being hit by a car in Goulburn



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