Death of motorcyclist brings Christmas/New Year road toll to nine

A report is being prepared for the Coroner after the death of a motorcyclist in the State’s north this morning (Saturday 29 December 2012). 

About 10.45am a man, believed to be in his sixties, was riding a motorcycle north on the Summerland Way near Whiporie. 

As the motorcycle neared the intersection of Whiporie Road it was involved in a collision with a Mazda utility. 

It is believed the male utility driver wasn't hurt in the crash. 

Despite the efforts of emergency services personnel on site, the motorcyclist died at the scene. 

The motorcyclist’s death brings the State’s Christmas/New Year road toll to nine. 

An increase in the number of people injured in crashes during Christmas and New Year has prompted police to urge motorists to think about the possible ramifications of their actions on the road.

Police have charged 415 people with drink driving and detected 6573 motorists speeding.

Operation Safe Arrival commenced last Friday (21 December 2012) and concludes at 11.59pm on Friday 4 January 2013, and targets speeding, drink-driving, seatbelt and other traffic offences.Double demerit points will be in place from 12.01am Friday 21 December 2012 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 January 2013 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said one of the biggest concerns for police was an increase in the number of reported major crashes.

“To date, there has been an increase in the number of people injured in crashes on NSW roads,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“At this point in Operation Safe Arrival, 369 people have been injured in crashes compared to 316 for the same point in last year’s operation.

“The impact of someone being injured in a road crash can and does stay with a family for long after the headlines fade.

“When you take control of a vehicle you must make a choice about how you act on the road and the impact that might have not only on yourself and those in your vehicle but those people on the road with you.”

Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during Day 8 of Operation Safe Arrival include:

HOLROYD

About 10.28pm yesterday (28 December) a 44-year-old Girraween man stopped behind a fully-marked police vehicle on the Great Western Highway at Toongabbie. The man returned a positive reading and was arrested. At Holroyd Police Station he was charged with a high-range PCA offence after allegedly returning a breath-analysis reading of 0.218. His licence was suspended and he is due to appear in Fairfield Local Court on 13 February.

CABRAMATTA

A 30-year-old p-plate driver has had his licence suspended and is due in court after a two-vehicle crash and subsequent high-range breath test reading yesterday (28 December). The incident occurred about 6am when a Toyota Camry and a Mitsubishi Mirage collided at the intersection of Railway Parade and Cabramatta Road, Cabramatta. The Camry driver breath-tested positive at the scene and was arrested. He was taken to Cabramatta Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.180. He is due to appear in Bankstown Local Court on 24 January. The driver of the Mirage, a 41-year-old man from Cabramatta, was taken to Liverpool Hospital to be checked as a precaution.

GREEN VALLEY

A 51-year-old woman from Catherine Field is due to appear in Bankstown Local Court next month charged after allegedly returning a breath analysis reading of 0.178 at Hoxton park yesterday (28 December). Police were conducting roadside breath testing when they stopped the driver of a Holden station wagon on Hoxton Park Road. The woman was charged with a high-range PCA and will appear in Bankstown Local Court on 16 January. Her licence was suspended.

FAIRFIELD

A man has had his P1 licence suspended after being detected allegedly travelling 60kmh above the speed limit on The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park, yesterday about 1am (28 December). Police issued the man with a ticket after being detected allegedly driving at 120kmh in a 60kmh zone

TWEED/BYRON

A 19-year-old man from Caringbah South has been charged with special category driver drive with special range PCA, and possess a prohibited drug after his Toyota Corolla was stopped for a random breath test in Lawson Street, Byron Bay, at 3.35am yesterday (28 December). After returning a positive test the man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay police Station where he was searched and a bag allegedly containing ecstasy tablets was found. The man is due to appear in Byron Bay Local Court on 24 January.

About 2.20am today (29 December) a year-old man was arrested after testing positive at a roadside breath test in Marvell Street, Byron Bay. The P2-driver was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.275. The man, from Moggill in Queensland, was charged with high-range PCA. He is due to appear in Byron Bay Local Court on 24 January.

GRIFFITH

At 3.10pm yesterday (28 December) a 22-year-old man from Red Hill in Queensland tested positive at a roadside breath test. Checks revealed he was the holder of suspended learner licence. The driver was taken to Narrandera Police Station for breath analysis where he returned a special range reading.

Court attendance notice issued. In the same incident, a 23-year-old man from Petrie in Queensland, who was passenger in same vehicle, was found to have an outstanding warrant from NSW. He was also arrested and bail refused to appear at Wagga Local Court today (29 December).

MONARO

A 40-year-old man was stopped in Commissioner Street, Cooma, about 10pm yesterday (28 December) by Cooma Highway Patrol after he was seen towing a boat on a trailer allegedly without tail lights. He tested positive and was arrested. At Cooma Police Station he returned a breath analysis reading of 0.104. The man, from Coolac, is due to appear in Cooma Local Court on 23 January charged with a mid-range PCA offence.

COOTAMUNDRA

An 18-year-old man had his licence confiscated after being detected travelling at 83kmh in a signposted 50kmh zone in Marina Street, Young, about 7.10pm yesterday (28 December). Highway Patrol police will also allege the man drove through a stop sign before being stopped. The man has been issued with a traffic infringement notice for speeding, not display P-plates, and not stop at stop sing.

A 46-year-old Cootamundra woman was charged with a high-range PCA offence after her red Hyundai sedan stopped on Gundagai Road and she returned a positive breath test. She was taken to Cootamundra Police Station where she returned a reading allegedly 0.163.

LAKE ILLAWARRA

About 2.25pm Lake Illawarra HWP police stopped a 37-year-old Lake Heights man on Rhondda Street, Berkeley who had never held a driver licence. This is his third offence since February 2011. The man is to be charged for the offence.

About 4.20pm Lake Illawarra HWP police stopped a 37-year-old Warilla man on Five Islands Road, Cringila, after his speed was allegedly detected at 123 kmh in an 80 kmh area. He was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by over 30 km/hr.

About 7pm Lake Illawarra HWP police stopped a vehicle driven by an Oak Flats male. In the rear of the vehicle were two children aged 3 and 4. Both children were allegedly not wearing appropriate child restraints and were moving around in the rear of the vehicle. The driver was issued with two infringement notices for two unrestrained children.

DENILIQUIN

Around 8am on the Newell Hwy 40km north of Jerilderie a semi trailer containing ethanol collided with a large amount of cattle grazing in the area. Four cows were euthanized by police at the scene with a total at this stage of 21 cows been destroyed. Tickets issued to driver of semi trailer as he did not slow for the clearly sign posted livestock.

About 8:35pm yesterday (28 December), a 56-year-old man was detected allegedly travelling at 79kmh in a 50kmh west on the Riverina Highway at Finley. He was breath tested and returned a positive reading. He was returned to Finley Police Station, underwent breath analysis which returned a reading of 0.172. He was charged with high-range PCA, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle, drive while disqualified, and exceed speed by more than 20kmh. He will appear at Finley Local Court on the 31 January 2013.

FAR SOUTH COAST

About 3.15pm a 47-year-old woman from Warri Reserve was stopped on the Kings Highway, Braidwood, after the vehicle she was driving was detected on mobile ANPR as being unregistered. A roadside breath test was positive and she was taken to Braidwood Police Station where she underwent a breath is due to appear in Queanbeyan Local Court on the 21 January 2013 after eing charged with mid-range PCA, and drive unregistered vehicle. Her licence was also suspended. At the time of the offence the woman’s nine and 10-year-old daughters were in the vehicle.

About 4.22pm Police followed a 36-year-old from the Princes Highway, Bergalia, to a property on Congo Road, Meringo where he was arrested by Police. A subsequent breath test returned a positive result. He was taken to Moruya Police Station and underwent a breath analysis allegedly returning a reading of 0.240. Further inquiries revealed the driver to be disqualified to 2054. He will appear in Moruya Local Court on the 8 February for the offences of high-range PCA, drive while disqualified, and fail to stop

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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