Police Slam More Than 1,200 Drivers Using Mobiles Behind Wheel

‘Message is not getting through’

8 February 2018

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NSW drivers have been blasted for a “complete disregard for personal safety” after a police safety blitz caught more than 1,200 people using their phone while driving.

Officers from the State’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command fined 1,215 people for mobile phone offenses, more than 130 people for not keeping left and more than 500 defects in a one-day state-wide traffic operation yesterday targeting dangerous driving.

Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said yesterday’s operation should serve as a warning for all drivers of the risks on our roads.

“Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive, is just not getting through.

"In a single day, officers issued more than 1,200 infringements to people who made the selfish choice to use their phone while driving.

“For anyone to take their eyes and concentration off the road and onto a phone while driving shows a complete disregard for personal safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.

“586 defective vehicles in a single day, highlights the level of risk on our roads. Defective brakes, faulty lights, bald tyres, and other issues add to the likelihood of serious injury or death in a crash.”

With the NSW state road toll already sitting at 46 in 2018, Assistant Commissioner Corboy said it’s a “tragedy” that many deaths were avoidable if people took greater responsibility of their driving habits.

“Now is the time for all drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians to re consider their own behaviour on our roads, and not take what are perfect driving conditions today, for granted,” he said.

NSW Police conduct regular compliance operations throughout the year, focussing on key risks on NSW roads.

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