Police issue 2771 fines in dodgy driver blitz
IRRESPONSIBLE driving behaviour remains a major concern for police after more than 1000 offences were detected in school zones and almost 900 drivers fined for mobile phone use in less than 24-hours in a state-wide blitz.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, commander of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said high-risk behaviour was costing lives on our roads.
"Our officers had to issue 2771 infringements in a single day for abysmal driver behaviour, which clearly suggests some road users lack the common sense or responsibility to do the right thing,” he said.
"We know that seat belts save lives, so those identified for not wearing a seat belt will hopefully learn this valuable lesson.
"Despite rule changes in 2012 allowing mobile phones to be used in cradles and via bluetooth in vehicle technology, 894 have still been identified for having the phone up to their ear, or looking down sending a text or post.
"This shows a complete lack of appreciation for other road users.
"To have 1041 identified committing traffic offences in school zones shows a complete lack of respect for children, their parents and siblings, teachers and school staff, which is just not good enough.”
Officers also issued 520 infringements for defective vehicles, a major concern for all road users.
So far this year, 246 people have died on the state's roads, 44 more than this time last year.
"With 124 drivers and 34 passengers, 37 motorcycle riders, two cyclists, and 49 pedestrians having lost their lives so far this year, we all need to share the road safely.”
As a result of Operation Compliance 3, targeting high-risk drivers across NSW on Wednesday, officers also issued 316 infringements for not wearing seat belts and 520 infringements for non-compliant vehicles.