Road toll increase
IT'S been a tragic start to the year on our roads with three times the number of fatalities in road crashes compared to this time last year.
Three lives have been lost in road accidents so far in the Tweed-Byron LAC area, Northern Border Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Chad George said.
At the same time last year, only one person had died on local roads.
There were mixed results for the Australia Day long weekend.
On the upside, crashes were down during Operation Safe Return, which ran for 10 days during which there were 15 crashes in the Tweed-Byron and Richmond LACs. That was nine down from a year ago.
"With the increased traffic volume in that period it's a good result," Senior Sgt George said.
"Fewer people were involved in crashes, and fewer people were injured on our roads."
Speeding offences were also down by 60, with 95 people caught going over the limit.
But drink-driving offences were up by 10, with 40 people fined for DUI during the operation.