Road fatality figures keep rising

TWEED Shire’s road fatality figures for the year so far are almost three times 2008’s total.

A Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) spokesperson revealed these shocking crash statistics to the Tweed Daily News.

“There have been five fatalities in the Tweed Shire local government area so far this year,” they said.

“For the whole of 2008 there were two fatalities in the Tweed Shire.”

These devastating figures are in line with the state’s climbing road toll.

Compared to last year’s total of 309 fatalities, 92 more people have died on New South Wales roads so far in 2009, bringing the figure to 401.

The statistics however, show a different trend on the North Coast, which covers the Queensland border to Greater Taree City.

“So far this year there have been 55 fatalities recorded for the North Coast,” an RTA spokesperson said, just six people less than 2008.

In an effort to combat the rising number of fatal crashes, NSW police will be out in force this weekend for operation Drink Drive II.

The operation will target drink driving offences as well as other irresponsible driving behaviour.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said there are no excuses.

“A car can be a deadly weapon and people who drive when drunk risk the lives of not only themselves but other road-users,” he said.

In 2008, the Tweed/Byron area recorded 1228 drink driving offences, the highest of anywhere in the state.

Tweed/Byron was second highest in the state for alcohol- related injury or fatal crashes last year, just five incidents behind the Coffs/Clarence area.

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