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Easter & Anzac Weekends 2014 - Police Traffic Blitz

Thursday, 17 April 2014

NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione and Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley today issued warning to drivers, announcing a two week, high profile, state wide traffic blitz over the Easter long weekend, Anzac Day long weekend and school holidays.

Commissioner Hartley said "we will put every resource available into ensuring that families get to and from their holiday destinations safely".

There will be two separate police operations. The traditional Easter campaign, Operation Tortoise, commenced today and will run until midnight on Monday 21 April 2014. Operation Go Slow starts at midnight on Wednesday 23 April 2014 and runs until midnight on Sunday 27 April 2014.

Double demerits will be in force for speeding, seatbelt and motorbike helmet offences over the holiday period.

107 people have died on our roads this year, up from 89 deaths for the same period last year. 8 people were killed on the roads during the same holiday period in 2013.

Whilst road fatalities have fallen to a record low in 2013, Commissioner Scipione warned that "although a reduction in fatalities was encouraging, the community needed to remain vigilant and exhibit safe driving practices".

 
FEB
26

Results for Operation Drink Drive 1

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The NSW Police Force has released the results for Operation Drink Drive 1 (Media Release, 23 February 2014).

The results for Operation Drink Drive 1, which we spoke about in an earlier blog, were as follows:

Road Toll
2
Road Injuries
1,118
Speeding Infringements
1,156
Breath Tests
249,536
Drink-driving charges 124
Traffic infringements
4,534

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said "There were two fatalities during the Operation Drink Drive 1 period, which is five down on last year." He also said that "While the statistics for Operation Drink Drive 1 have been encouraging, with 164 fewer drink-drive charges, our current NSW road toll remains higher than at this time last year".

Operation Saturation is now underway.

Operation Saturation is a four week blitz on speeding drivers. Operation saturation will feature high visibility static operations in known accident hot spots.

Operation Saturation continues until midnight on Sunday 23 March 2014.

 
FEB
21

Operation Drink Drive 1 and Operation Saturation

Friday, 21 February 2014

NSW police launched two major road safety campaigns this week.

Operation Drink Drive 1 commenced on Thursday and runs until midnight on Saturday, 22 February. As the name implies, it is aimed at drink driving.

Operation Saturation is a blitz on speeding which commences immediately after Operation Drink Drive 1 and runs for one month.

So far, 2014 has been a bad year for road trauma. According to the NSW Police Force press release, in the first 48 days of 2014, 57 people lost their lives on NSW roads, a 50% increase over the same period last year during which 38 people lost their lives. According to the press release alcohol was a major factor in about one in seven crashes involving a fatality.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner - Specialist Operations, Catherine Burn makes it clear that whilst random breath testing has had a major impact on the number of road deaths, the task is ongoing. She said "In the year before we introduced RBT in NSW, the road toll was almost 1,300, compared to last years record low of 339. Nevertheless, many people just don't seem to be getting the message about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2013, we charged about 22,000 people with drink-driving offences".

Police will conduct a high number of random breath tests this weekend. We can also expect to see a high police profile during the blitz on speeding.

   
DEC
18

Double Demerits - Christmas, New Year 2013/14

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Double demerits will apply again over the Christmas, New Year period.

Double demerits will commence at midnight on Thursday 19 December 2013 and will be in place until midnight on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Double demerits apply for speeding, seatbelt and motor cycle helmet offences.

Under the demerit point scheme, demerit points are accumulated against your driving licence for a series of specified driving offences. If you accumulate points in excess of a threshold within a three year period, your licence will be suspended or refused.

The thresholds are as follows:
Unrestricted Licence – 13 points
Unrestricted Licence, Professional Driver – 14 points
Unrestricted Licence, Good Behavior Period – 2 points (within the good behavior period)
P2 Licence (green P plate) – 7 points
P1 Licence (red P plate) – 4 points
Learner Licence – 4 points.

Examples of the demerit points that can be accumulated during a double demerit period are set out below:
Exceed speed limit by more than 20 km/h but not more than 30 km/h – 8 points
Exceed speed limit by more than 10 km/h but not more than 20 km/h – 6 points
Exceed speed limit by not more than 10 km/h – 2 points
Drive vehicle not wearing a seat belt and with two or more unrestrained passengers – 18 points
Drive vehicle not wearing seat belt and with one unrestrained passenger – 12 points
Drive vehicle not wearing a seat belt (no unrestrained passengers) – 6 points
Ride motorbike without approved motor bike helmet and with one unhelmeted passenger – 12 points
Ride motorbike without approved motor bike helmet (rider alone) – 6 points

The application of double demerits can be severe and can easily result in you exceeding your threshold, particularly if you are on a provisional or learner licence. If you are on an unrestricted licence with good behaviour period, any double demerits for speeding, seatbelt or helmet offences during the good behaviour period can result in the loss of you licence.

The message is to slow down and drive safely over the Christmas, New Year period.

 
NOV
04

Tolls. How much are you paying?

Monday, 04 November 2013

Have you worked out how much you are paying in tolls on a daily, monthly or annual basis?

If you drive to work in Sydney it is highly likely you will be hit with a toll somewhere in your trip. Some drivers can pay up to 5 or 6 tolls in a return trip to work each day. The impost would be even higher for professional drivers such as couriers, taxi drivers and truck drivers.

As an example, a drive from Campbelltown or Liverpool to the city and return in a passenger car can cost as much as $24.47 per day. That is $489.40 per month or $5,872.80 per year.

If you drive from Liverpool to the city, there is the M5 ($4.40), Eastern Distributor ($6.17) and the Cross City Tunnel ($4.95). On the way home, there is the Cross City Tunnel and the M5 again. Luckily, the Eastern Distributor only charges for north bound journeys.

The trap is that you pay each toll by way of draw down of funds from your account. It is easy to overlook the total cost.

How much do you pay in tolls?

   

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