NSW Police will continue its intensive response to the tragically high road toll with a month-long, state-wide operation targeting excessive speed.
Operation Saturation started at 12.01am today, just two minutes after the conclusion of Operation Drink Drive 1.
While each operation has a different focus, the intention is the same: to reduce the incidence of road trauma, which has been claiming lives at a rate of more than one a day since the start of 2014.
The year-to-date 2014 NSW road toll of 59 is up from 39 at the same time last year.
As the name suggests, Operation Saturation – a joint initiative between NSW Police and the Centre for Road Safety – will involve large deployments of police across NSW for an entire month.
High-visibility police patrols will be strategically targeted towards sections of road where recent fatalities and other serious crashes have occurred.
While officers will be on the look-out for any instances of illegal and unsafe driving, the particular focus of this operation is speeding, which continues to be a prevalent cause of road deaths.
Excessive speed was a factor in 141 of the state’s 339 fatalities in 2013, or two in every five deaths. It was also a contributor in 12 of the 34 fatalities in the first month of this year.
“It’s been a sad and disappointing start to 2014 on our roads, especially coming after last year’s record-low road toll,” NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said.
“Our response has been swift and serious: a three-day drink-driving operation followed by a month-long operation targeting speed.
“We urge every motorist in NSW to work with us in our efforts to drive down the road toll.
“Obey the rules of the road, slow down, and drive to conditions. We want you to end up at your intended destination; not at a hospital or police station,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Operation Saturation will conclude on Sunday 23 March.