The Northern Star

Fatality-free Easter pleases police

TWEED/Byron Police are pleased that no fatal car crashes occurred within the command over the Easter long weekend.

And with the heavy traffic flow and constant rainfall, Highway Patrol acting Sergeant Brett Mahaffy said that was a great achievement.

“We had 24 crashes in the command over the weekend, with 10 of those causing injury,” Sgt Mahaffy said. “But there were no fatals, which is quite an achievement considering the conditions.”

Police were out in force as part of Operation Tortoise, which ran from midnight Thursday to midnight Monday.

Double demerit points were given to drivers caught for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences. From Tweed Heads to Byron Bay, police conducted 4018 breath tests and caught 43 drink-drivers.

“There were 20 other traffic charges issued, which includes suspended licences and other miscellaneous offences,” Sgt Mahaffy said.

“There were 51 speeding infringements and 12 restraint notices while the double demerits were in place.”

A further 115 drivers were issued infringement notices for minor driving offences and vehicle defects.

“Our activities were hampered by the wet conditions, but we still went out and did our best to be high profile,” Sgt Mahaffy said.

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