NSW Police target problem behaviours in one-day blitz

Drivers using mobile phones is one of the driver behaviours police will be targeting during the one-day operation.
Drivers using mobile phones is one of the driver behaviours police will be targeting during the one-day operation.

Police are out in force in a one-day blitz focusing on three key road safety risks.

Officers across the state will focus on drivers using mobile phones whilst driving, not wearing seat belts, and driving poorly maintained vehicles.

Acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said it was those drivers continuing to put themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk that will be the target throughout the day (Wednesday August 9).

“Despite seat belts being compulsory since 1971, there are some drivers and their passengers that continue to run the risk of serious injury, or even death in a crash.” 

Also, law changes in 2012 have made it legal for some drivers to operate mobile phones in an approved cradle, via bluetooth in the vehicle; however police still continue to see drivers with the phone up to their ear or looking down sending a text, not concentrating on the road.

“These issues, combined with vehicles that are defective, only add to the risks on our roads,” acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith explained.

In the last financial year police issued 21,672 infringements to drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, 39,007 for drivers using mobile phones, and 25,175 for vehicle defects.  

“Although the road toll is currently at 10 less than this time last year, it still sits at 230, which is a lot of people who haven’t made it home to their loved ones.

“This operation aims to bring about a change to driver behaviour by targeting these key road safety risks, and encouraging personal responsibility,” he said.

"Although the road toll is currently at 10 less than this time last year, it still sits at 230, which is a lot of people who haven’t made it home to their loved ones."

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith