With 10 deaths in three days, police are calling for drivers to accept greater responsibility for their actions on the state’s roads.
The deaths, the result of 9 fatal crashes, are 18 up from the same time last year and include pedestrians, motorcycle riders, passengers and drivers.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley of the state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the tragic deaths highlight the need for everyone to exercise more caution and obey the road rules.
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“With warmer weather across NSW, it seems some drivers are taking good driving conditions for granted, which is costing lives on our roads.”
The fatal crashes include;
About 7am today (Monday 17 August 2015), a 71-year-old man was struck by a cement truck on the Pacific Highway. He died at hospital.
About 1am this morning, a 15-year-old girl, who was the front seat passenger in a vehicle, died as a result of a crash on Flinders Road at Port Kembla. The driver, a 19-year-old man, is in a critical condition.
About 2:30pm Sunday (16 August) a motorcyclist travelling along the Putty Road at Milbrodale left the road and crashed. The rider, a male believed to be in his 50’s, died at the scene.
About 9:30am Sunday (16 August) a vehicle travelling along Cessnock Road, Freemans Waterhole, left the road, crashing into a tree. The driver, a 31 year old man died at the scene.
About 2:10am on Sunday (16 August) a male motorcycle rider and female pillion passenger were involved in a crash on Percival Street near Hawkesbury Valley Way, Richmond. The male rider died at the scene.
About 1:15pm Saturday (15 August) Emergency Services were called to The Northern Road at Oran Park where a head on crash occurred between a Holden Commodore Wagon and an Isuzu truck. The occupants of the Commodore, a man and a woman in their 70s died at the scene.
About 11:20pm Friday (14 August) police and emergency services were called to the Bylong Valley Way, Kandos, following reports of a single vehicle that had crashed into a tree. The male driver was sustained critical injuries and died at the scene.
About 10:20am Friday (14 August) a 94 year old woman from Berry was struck by a Mazda after she attempted to cross the northbound lane of the Princes Highway. She was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being airlifted to St George Hospital where she died the following day.
About 10am Friday (14 August) a man was struck by a vehicle in the driveway of a home in Fowler Street, Illawong, and died at the scene.
Assistant Commissioner Hartley said that whilst each of these matters remains under investigation, road users need to take personal responsibility much more seriously.
“Speed, fatigue, drink or drug driving, failing to use controlled crossing areas, being unlicensed, not wearing helmets, using defective vehicles, are all key elements in these crashes, which are costing lives.
“There are 10 families this morning that are suffering the pain of losing a loved one on our roads. When you consider friends, workmates, emergency services and hospital workers, the number of those directly and indirectly affected by road trauma in just three days is significant.
“Whilst police will continue to enforce road safety for the benefit of all road users, drivers, riders, cyclists, and pedestrians need to accept their role in keeping them, their passengers, and others safe on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.