Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Police Minister Michael Gallacher have launched Operation Saturation, a campaign aimed at bringing down death tolls across NSW roads.
The initiative is seen as a timely reminder to NSW motorists, after reports of 59 road fatalities in NSW since the start of 2014, an increase of 20 at the same time in 2013. Minister Gay described the road toll as “heartbreaking”.
Operation Saturation, a month-long blitz, would see an increase in high-visibility policing of poor driver behaviour to keep NSW roads safe, Mr Gay said.
Police will focus on speeding, fatigue and illegal mobile phone use.
Minister Gallacher said the locations of NSW Police highway patrol and general duties patrols will be strategically targeted towards the sections of road where recent fatalities and other serious crashes have occurred. Police will be supported by high-visibility mobile speed camera enforcement in places the police cannot be.
“This increase in police presence is paid for by the Community Road Safety Fund, which ensures speed camera fines directly pay for road safety initiatives, education and increased police patrols,” Mr Gallacher said.
Single vehicle crashes account for almost half of all fatal crashes so far this year, and are said to be typically associated with fatigue and speed.