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State’s road toll now at eight

Police carTHE NSW holiday road toll is now at eight, following day six of Operation Safe Arrival.

The most recent incident occurred today when a 50-year-old man was struck by a car at Mudgee in the state’s west. He suffered extensive injuries and died at the scene.

As of today police have conducted 41,011 breath tests (up from 39,497 last year) with 21 charges laid (down from 38 last year).

Meanwhile, police caught 812 motorists speeding (down from 818 last year) and issued 952 infringements for other traffic offences (down from 1296 last year).

Operation Safe Arrival began last Friday (December 21) and concludes at 11.59pm on Friday January 4, and targets speeding, drink-driving, seatbelt and other traffic offences.

Double demerit points will be in place from 12.01am Friday December 21 until 11.59pm on Tuesday January 1 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

A 42-year-old man was stopped on Towradgi Road, Towradgi for a random breath test about 10.40am on Christmas eve. Police checks revealed the man was disqualified from driving until 2018 and he has an outstanding warrant. He was charged with both offences and state false name.

The State’s second fatality occurred following the death in hospital of an elderly woman badly hurt in a crash on Mt Ousley Road on Sunday.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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