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Easter weekend road toll shows drivers are not listening

Article PhotoA horror Easter weekend has ended for Australia with the national road death toll sitting at 24.

NSW Commander of Specialist Operations, Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said this indicates people are not paying heed to the dangers of reckless driving, and that is a huge let down.

"We got the message out there, but we're disappointed the message didn't get through," she added.

Operation Tortoise

NSW police launched Operation Tortoise prior to the Easter weekend in a bid to bring down the state's road toll.

The operation started on Thursday 2 April at 12:01am and ended on Monday at 11.59pm. Despite the efforts, the state ended the holiday period with four people dead and 189 injured according to the figures released.

Deputy Commissioner Burn said two of those who died were young children.

"Police were out there all weekend, night and day, we're doing our best to keep motorists safe but it seems there are some who just don't care. Don't care about themselves or anybody else," she commented.

So far this year 87 people have died on NSW roads, compared to 91 this time last year.

Motorists were also found guilty of other offences such as speeding and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Drink driving charges were applied against 298 drivers, speeding fines issued totaled 4801 and 222 drivers tested positive for drug use.

Moving forward

The end of the Easter long weekend also marks the start of school holidays, and that means thousands of families will be taking a break. Authorities are urging motorists to be more mindful of their surroundings and potential hazards during this period.

According to a statement released by NSW police, drivers are simply not paying enough attention.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said drivers need to understand their brash choices could result in the loss of human life, which affects the community and especially the loved ones who have to make sense of it all.

"It is apparent some of the behaviour and attitude of motorists has to change. We have to call it for what it is - it's killing people," he said.

The police are appealing to motorists to be considerate of other road users instead of being impatient and complacent about road safety.

"And today that's the question we are asking: why speed when it's raining, why let yourself become distracted, why get into a car when you have been drinking and drive, and why when you're tired - would you keep driving. If they could, that's the question those who have been killed or injured would like to ask," added Mr. Hartley.

Figures from around the country

With eight deaths over the weekend, Queensland recorded the highest death toll in the country for the holiday period. It the state's worst Easter weekend in more than 20 years. The worst day was Friday April 4, with three crashes that resulted in four deaths in a single day.

This is double the number of road fatalities that Queensland experienced over the Christmas break.

Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania had no fatal crashes over the Easter period NSW, Western Australia and Victoria recorded four deaths each.

As well as being mindful of the road conditions, NSW drivers must always make sure their CTP green slip and registration are current. If you are looking for green slip prices, go to the green slip calculator on this website.