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Fateful Fridays Can Happen At Any Time - Operation Slowdown

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Black Fridays don’t always occur just on Friday the 13th after a provisional analysis of this year’s road toll has shown a slight increase in fatal crashes occurring on that day.

The police warning comes on the eve of Operation Slowdown, the state’s long weekend road safety campaign which starts at 0001 hours tomorrow (Friday 28 September) and concludes at 2359 hours on Monday 1 October. Double demerit points will apply for all speeding and seatbelt offences during this time.

For Operation Slowdown 2006, seven people died in seven separate crashes. Six of these crashes were in country areas with speeding being identified as the main cause of roughly a third of these collisions.

The NSW annual road toll currently stands at 325 - 53 less than the same time last year.

Traffic Services Commander, Chief Superintendent John Hartley, said police were expecting most people to leave for their holiday destinations tomorrow.

“Every long weekend in NSW we see people get it into their heads they must squeeze as much as possible, including long distance trips and parties, into a three day break,” Chief Superintendent Hartley said.

“The slight increase in fatal crashes on Fridays this year is possibly caused by more multiple fatalities happening on that day.

“Last year’s road toll in NSW (499) was the lowest since 1946 (508) - this is not the time for people to stop caring about their own lives or the lives of others when they begin their long weekend holiday trip.

“When you mix this with people trying to get to their weekend holiday destination and the temptation to put the foot down – it makes myself and all police who will be working this weekend furious.

“The culture of speeding is unacceptable and if you get caught speeding – it isn’t bad luck. You have been caught committing a crime.”
Among the motorists police across the state detected speeding last weekend were:
• Hunter Valley Highway Patrol detected a 38-year-old male cyclist allegedly detected travelling 171km/h in a 100km/h zone.
• Rose Bay Highway Patrol detected a 33-year-old male driver allegedly travelling 181km/h in 80km/h zone.
• Fairfield Highway Patrol detected a 20-year-old male P-plate motorcyclist allegedly travelling 131km/h in a 70km/h zone.
• Mittagong Highway Patrol detected a 32-year-old male driver allegedly travelling 165km/h in a 110km/h zone.
• Mittagong Highway Patrol detected a 24-year-old male driver allegedly travelling 179km/h in a 110km/h zone.
• Macquarie Fields Highway Patrol detected a 19-year-old male driver allegedly travelling 155km/h in a 70km/h zone.
• Blue Mountains Highway Patrol detected a 19-year-old P-plate motorcyclist allegedly travelling 110km/h in a 60km/h zone.
The motorists involved in the above incidents had their licenses confiscated, were issued with a suspension notice and an infringement for exceed speed over 45km/h, carrying a fine of $1642.

taken From:http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news

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