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Eight dead on NSW roads during Easter Long Weekend 2024

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Eight people lost their lives on NSW roads during the Easter long weekend, following a number of crashes reported across the state. 

Operation Easter 2024 commenced at 12.01am on Thursday 28th March and concluded at 11.59pm Monday 1st April, with double demerit points in place throughout. 

The operation targeted the major factors contributing to road trauma – excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fatigue, non-wearing of seatbelts and helmets, and mobile phone use. 

Eight people died throughout the weekend, with police seeing a concerning number of dangerous driving incidents, including excessive speed, high-range drink-driving, and reckless driving. 

During the operation, police issued 5709 speed infringements, conducted 232092 breath tests with 295 people charged with drink-driving, conducted 17,256 road-side drug tests with 863 positive roadside drug detections. 

Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said the shocking behaviour of a minority of road users continues to put the majority of people at risk. 

“Prior to the start of the operation, I pleaded with all road users to make this long weekend a safe and enjoyable one. 

“Unfortunately, due to the actions of a few, we’ve had more fatalities and serious injuries in a number of serious crashes that could have been prevented if the warning was heeded. 

“Again, we can’t accept this irresponsible behaviour and the community shouldn’t either. It is time we as a collective worked together to end this carnage on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner McFadden said. 

Key statistics (state-wide totals): 

• Speed infringements: 5,709 

• Breath tests: 232,092 

• Drug-driving tests: 17,256 

• PCA charges: 295 

• Major crashes: 311 

• Fatalities: 8 Crashes, 8 Deaths 

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