Police are dismayed at the irresponsible behaviour of road users after a spate of crashes left five people dead over the weekend.
“For five people to die on our roads in a period of 72 hours is extremely tragic and disappointing, given that we constantly appeal to all road users to display responsible behaviour and remain cautious on the road,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.
“Reducing speed, keeping your eyes on the road, not driving if you’ve been drinking and using seat belts are all simple tasks that can be the difference between surviving a trip or suffering serious injury or even death.
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“We’re again urging everyone out on the roads during this busy time of the year to be careful and look out for each other. It only takes one wrong decision to result in tragic consequences,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
So far this year, 325 people have died on the state’s roads, 31 more than the same time last year.
The fatal crashes from the weekend included;
About 2pm (Friday 4 December 2015), police were called to Silver City Highway in Dareton, following reports of a crash.
Initial investigations suggest a blue Holden Commodore sedan had left the road and crashed into a power pole. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and the driver, a 46-year-old man, had serious leg and torso injuries.
He was freed from the vehicle and taken to Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria where he later died.
About 2.25am (Saturday 5 December 2015), emergency services were called to Coonabarabran Road, near the intersection of Mooki Road, following reports of a crash.
Initial investigations suggest a white Mazda dual cab utility was travelling east on Coonabarabran Road, when the vehicle left the roadway, rolled, and crashed into a tree.
The passenger of the Mazda, a 20-year-old man, died at the scene.
The driver, a 19-year-old man, was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Tamworth Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries.
About 10.20am (Sunday 6 December 2015), emergency services were called to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, following reports of a crash.
Initial investigations suggest a motorcycle was travelling south, when it left the roadway and crashed.
The rider, an 84-year-old man, died at the scene.
About 11am (Sunday 6 December 2015), a 59-year-old woman was riding her motorcycle west on the Oxley Highway at Ellenborough, west of Wauchope, when she lost control of the bike while rounding a right hand bend.
The woman was thrown from the bike, landing in the eastbound lanes. Off duty medical staff stopped and attempted to revive her, however she died at the scene.
Around 12.20pm (Sunday 6 December 2015), emergency services were called to a section of Diamond Fields Road, Mittagong, after motorists spotted a Mazda BT-50 that was lying on its side in an embankment off the roadway.
Emergency services worked to free the unconscious 54-year-old male driver from the car before Ambulance Paramedics commenced CPR.
A short time later, the man, who was the car’s only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Road users who are speeding, distracted, drink or drug-driving, fatigued or not using seat belts put themselves and other road users at risk and could contributed to a crash with tragic consequences,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.