Drivers get thumbs up

POLICE have given Monaro drivers the thumbs up with no fatal car accidents occuring in the region over the Christmas-New Year period. The number of serious accidents was also down on last year.

Monaro Local Area Command (LAC) Superintendent Rod Smith said he was generally happy with driver behaviour over the annual Christmas/New Year traffic-campaign, which started on Friday December 20 and finished at midnight on Thursday January 2.

"Generally the number of serious accidents were significantly down on previous years, with no fatalities recorded in the Monaro LAC," Superintendent Smith said.

He said the majority of infringements notices were issued for speeding and mobile phone offences.

"Monaro LAC conducted 10,500 random breath tests," Superintendent Smith said.

"Generally driver behaviour was quite good although there was a minority who disobeyed traffic laws.

"We thank people for their patience during the festive season and encourage them to continue to drive safely as they return from their holidays."

Throughout the campaign - 'Operation Safe Arrival', police were out in increased numbers state-wide, targeting drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use, mobile-phone use and other types of dangerous driving, during what is traditionally the busiest time of year on NSW roads.

Over the 14 days of the operation, NSW police conducted 571,664 random breath tests - an average of almost 30 random breath tests every minute. As a result, police issued 960 drink-driving charges.

During the operation, officers also issued a total of 29,715 infringement notices for traffic offences such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and using a mobile phone while driving.

The Operation concluded with 10 people killed in nine crashes, which is seven fewer road fatalities than the same period last year, when 17 people died in 15 crashes.

There was also a reduction in the number of non-fatal major crashes.

The overall provisional NSW road toll for 2013 is the lowest since 1924. Last year's toll stands at 339 - down from 369 in 2012.

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