Remembering those lost our roads
TODAY marks the 20th annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims dedicated to remembering those killed or injured in road crashes, their families and communities.
NSW Police Commander of Specialist Operations, Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, said the annual day of remembrance is important to reflect on those who have lost thier lives on our roads.
Coming into the holiday season, Deputy Commissioner Burn said the day is a timely reminder for motorists to take greater responsibility on NSW roads.
"We mark this year by remembering those who have died on our roads and rally around their families. It is at a time like this when we need to take stock of this loss and work together to reduce the road toll," Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
"So far in 2015, 309 people have died on NSW roads, compared to 275 this time last year," she said.
"Currently, the road fatality rate in NSW, per 100,000 of population is 4.44. This is in contrast to the rate in 1970 which was 28.9. The road toll had been decreasing, but it's concerning to see a spike in current figures."
There have been seven fatalities within the Coffs/Clarence region so far this year.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, is asking drivers to take extra care and urged motorists to drive to prevailing conditions.