Highway Patrol officers have promised a high profile presence during Operation Safe Arrival.
Highway Patrol officers have promised a high profile presence during Operation Safe Arrival.

One dead and 51 hurt on first day of Operation Safe Arrival

POLICE are reminding motorists to think about the choices they make while they are in a vehicle after 51 people were injured in crashes on Friday, the first day of Operation Safe Arrival.

The Christmas-New Year road safety campaign runs until 11.59pm on Sunday, January 4.

Double demerits will be in place from this Wednesday for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

The holiday road toll stands at one after the death of a 28-year-old man at Caringbah.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said 51 people were injured in 184 major crashes in the first 24 hours.

"The aftermath of a crash where someone is injured can sometimes resonate long after the headlines have faded," he said.

"You have the initial stages after the crash where a person might be in hospital receiving treatment for days or weeks.

"Then there is any rehabilitation that person might have to undergo along with the time away from their employment.

"The impact of such a crash is also projected on to members of that person's family or friends who might have to take time off to care for their loved one.

"The majority of crashes on our roads can usually be attributed to either speeding, being impaired by either drugs or alcohol, driving while you are tired or being distracted.

"I am appealing to drivers and their passengers to think about the choices they make every time they get into a vehicle.

"If a passenger sees the driver is acting inappropriately, they should speak up."



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