Speeding drivers a cause for concern

While police have detected a reduction in the number of people drink driving this Christmas season, they remain concerned about the significantly high number of speeding motorists statewide.
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And Young is no different.

Local police began their Christmas-New Year road safety campaign, Operation Safe Arrival, at 12.01am on Friday, December 19. It concludes at 11.59pm Sunday, January 4.

Over the 11 days of the campaign, highway patrol officers have conducted 947 random breath tests (RBT) in the Young Shire.

In that period they have also recorded 57 speeding offences, one seat belt and one drink-driving offence and 17 other infringements.

Young Police Inspector Ashley Holmes said the number of drivers caught speeding averaged to be four to five per day.

To add to the police presence in the town, Young police officers conducted an additional 1200 RBTs amid their general duties, detecting one driver with a mid- range Prescribed Concentrated Alcohol reading on Christmas Day.

Statewide NSW Police caught 966 speeding motorists on Saturday, December 27 alone, a figure that was up from the 763 detected on the same day in the 2013/14 operation.

The marked reduction in the number of drivers detected drink driving was evident in the 52,407 NSW drivers who participated in RBTs, also on Saturday.

Only 21 returned positive results for alcohol.

This represented an 80 per cent reduction on the 109 drivers caught drink driving on the same day last year.

As of yesterday, the road toll in NSW reached six.

The Commander of the NSW Police Force’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said while police were pleased with the reduction in drink driving, there were still far too many motorists putting lives at risk with their reckless road behaviour.

Young Inspector Holmes would like to remind drivers to be mindful of speeding and the conditions they’re driving in.

Police will continue to conduct RBTs over New Year and the remaining five days of the operation.

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