Maitland drivers on best behaviour

SO FAR, SO GOOD: Maitland drivers have so far bucked the state trend of bad driving this holiday season.Maitland drivers have so far completely bucked the state trend of driver behaviour after 11 days of the state’s holiday road safety operation.

While motorists in the Central Hunter area have been on their best behaviour, police have been left stunned at the continued flouting of road rules and risk-taking of drivers and riders across NSW.

After day 11 of Operation Safe Arrival, speeding offences were down 43 per cent in the Maitland area and drink-driving arrests down by almost half compared to the same day of the operation last year.

Other offences were down by almost 20 per cent.

Northern Region trafficoperations Sergeant Steve Rudd said the results were a mix of good driver behaviour and a strongpolice presence.

“People are obviously doing the right thing,” he said.

“We’ve still had no recorded fatalities for that area and people are obviously obeying requests from police to slow down and arrive at their destination safely.

“Central Hunter has approximately 15 vehicles and all of those are on the roads in the busy morning and afternoon periods as well.”

Elsewhere in NSW, speeding drivers and fatal crashes had left Highway Patrol officers scratching their heads.

About 6am yesterday an 18-year-old man died near Wagga Wagga after a car hit a tree, which brought the state’s road toll to six.

NSW traffic and highway patrol commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said it was disappointing to see safety messages were not getting through to all drivers.

“This is why traffic and highway patrol officers are on our roads to detect and prosecute such selfish driver behaviour and protect other road users,” he said.

Operation Safe Arrival:Central Hunter statistics for day 11Speeding offences:2014 – 380, 2013 – 883, Down 43 per cent

Drink-driving offences: 2014 -7, 2013 -13,Down 46 per cent

Seatbelt offences:2014 – 20, 2013 – 20Static

Other offences:2014 – 421, 2013 – 519, Down 19 per cent

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