Three fatalities on state roads over Easter

OPERATION: Motorists came under the watchful eye of police over the Easter long weekend. Photo: FILE
OPERATION: Motorists came under the watchful eye of police over the Easter long weekend. Photo: FILE

Holiday-goers returning home from a weekend away did so under the watchful eye of an increased police presence across the state on Monday.

Senior police pleaded with drivers over the weekend to drive with care as people continued to put their lives at risk with dangerous behaviour.

This includes a 35-year-old motorcyclist who was fined $2350, lost 12 points, and had his licence and registration suspended at 11.10am on Saturday, April 15.

Police observed the man overtaking a sedan across an unbroken line at 197km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Golden Highway at Cassilis.

A 20-year-old man with a P2 licence also had his licence suspended on the spot and was issued an infringement notice on Sunday, April 16.

The driver was allegedly detected travelling at 160km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Castlereagh Highway. He had his licence suspended on the spot and was issued an infringement for speeding by more than 45km/h. 

The Easter long-weekend traffic operation has produced 6077 speed infringements, 191,224 breath tests, 199 PCA charges, 274 major crashes and three fatalities.

Operation Tortoise began at 12.01am on Thursday, April 13 and ended at 11.59pm on April 17.

Double-demerits were in force throughout the operation.