NSW Police are once again urging drivers to slow down and take extra care on the roads after a 22-year-old man died following a single-vehicle crash near Queanbeyan last night.

About 10pm on Thursday 28 December, emergency services were called to Munro Street, Crestwood, following reports a motorcycle had crashed into a sign. The man died at the scene.

22 lives have now been lost on our roads during Operation Safe Arrival.

On day 14 of the campaign, 20 people were injured in 51 major crashes reported state-wide. Over 1000 speeding infringements were issued and 25 people have been charged with drink driving offences after officers conducted 46,572 breath tests.

Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said people who are considering driving long distances during the holidays should plan ahead and allow plenty of time for rest breaks.

“This year we have seen too many single-vehicle crashes in our state’s regional areas. Drivers need to be aware of the risks associated with tiredness and speed.

“Double demerits remain in force, and with more police on our roads, those who choose to ignore the warnings and engage in high-risk behaviour will be caught.

“We are urging drivers to take responsibility for their actions and to slow down to ensure no more lives are lost this year,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during Day 14 (Thursday 28 December 2017) of Operation Safe Arrival include,

– About 8 am, a 56-year-old man from Canley Vale was stopped on McEvoy Street, Alexandria. It was revealed that the man has never held a driver’s licence and is currently disqualified from driving until 2021. The driver was arrested and charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period (x2). He will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

– About 5.35pm, a 29-year-old man from Wolli Creek collided with a stationary vehicle on Avoca Street, Randwick. He returned a positive breath test and later returned a breath analysis of 0.229. He was charged with high-range drink driving and is due to face Waverley Local Court on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Key statistics:

Speed infringements: 15,758

Other infringements: 22,001

Breath tests: 521,371

Drink-driving charges: 827

Major crashes: 1188

Lives lost: 22

Attribution:© State of New South Wales (NSW Police Force). For current information go to [https://www.police.nsw.gov.au].’

Queensland Police Christmas Road Safety – Festive Break Day 7 report