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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Police want to put the brakes on high speed drivers – Operation Safe Arrival

Police are concerned about the risks being taken by some drivers who are choosing to travel at almost double the speed limit on NSW roads.

Operation Safe Arrival, the State’s Christmas/New Year road safety operation, started at 12.01am on Friday 21 December 2018, and will continue until 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

Double demerits will be in place over the entire long-weekend for all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said he was still trying to comprehend the risks being taken by some drivers, particularly by men in their 20s.

“Right across the Operation Safe Arrival period I have noticed consistent number of younger men in their twenties being detected driving vehicles at high speed.

“Even this morning we had a man at almost double the speed limit on one of Sydney’s major arterial man travelling well above the sign posted speed limit.

“Every time you take control of a vehicle there is a certain amount of risk involved and when you exceed the speed limit in such a dramatic way, that risk becomes exponential,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“It is not rocket science - the faster you travel the worse any crash you are involved in is likely to be.

“Travelling at high speeds on our roads may increase your social media following but can reduce your life expectancy.”

Key statistics (Cumulative total – started on 21 December 2018): Total infringements issued (not speeding): 18,585 Speed infringements:10,826 Breath tests: 497,218 Drink-driving charges: 546 Lives lost: 6

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