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Drivers cautioned while on the roads following New Year’s Eve celebrations

double demerit

DRIVERS are being reminded to exercise caution while driving on the roads today following New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Operation Safe Arrival started at midnight Friday (20 December 2019) and ends tonight (Wednesday 1 January 2020) 11.59pm.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner, Michael Corboy, is urging drivers who celebrated the New Year with alcohol to be aware they are not over the legal limit.

“We know many people celebrated New Year’s Eve with alcohol, so do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Alcohol leaves the body slowly, which means you could very well still be over the limit today – have a Plan B and arrange to have a designated driver,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“Motorists are also being reminded to be aware of restricting their travels in bushfire-affected areas and to check for updates on road closures prior to travelling.

“Sadly, overnight two motorcyclists lost their lives in separate crashes. This means two families will start the New Year without their loved ones.”

Double demerit points are in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Key statistics (progressive total) Day 12:

  • Speed infringements: 10,923
  • Breath tests: 485,727
  • PCA: 618
  • Major crashes: 824
  • Fatalities: 11



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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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