NSW Police are reminding motorists to take extra care behind the wheel this Rural Road Safety Month.
A spokesperson from NSW Police said there was an influx in fatalities in July due to incidents on Western region roads.
"Between Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12, alone, there were four fatalities due to major motor vehicle crashes in the region," the spokesperson said.
The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) released new research upon the launch its third annual Rural Road Safety Monthinitiative. The research revealed rural roads to be the state's most dangerous.
The research also revealed 835 people lost their lives on NSW regional roads last year and 71 per cent of city and regional drivers admit to risky driver behaviour.
One in four also confessed to being more likely to break a road rule in rural areas.
According to the study speed is the number one dangerous driving act all Australians are prepared to risk on rural roads, and speed, distraction and fatigue are the top behaviours found to most likely impact rural drivers compared to city counterparts.