Police evidence of the drugs found in the Wellington man’s car.
A woman has been killed and 69 people have been injured in crashes across the state during the first two days of Operation Tortoise, the NSW Police’s Easter road-safety campaign.
The woman died after a two-car head-on collision in the state’s north on Friday 3 April 2015). About5.30pmemergency services were called to the Pacific Highway about 5km south of Macksville. The 56-year-old woman, travelling as a passenger in the southbound car, died at the scene. Four males travelling in the northbound vehicle and two men travelling in the southbound vehicle were all taken to hospital for treatment to various injuries.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said motorists need to remember fatal crashes can occur anywhere, at any time.
“Sadly a woman has lost her life, and six people have been injured, in a horrific head-on motor vehicle crash near Macksville this Easter holiday long weekend.
“With people in both vehicles being foreign nationals, it is timely reminder to motorists, travelling on stretches of road unknown or rarely used by them, that it is vital they drive with the utmost care,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
“It is important for all drivers and riders to ensure they drive to the conditions, especially in the wet. With rainfall occurring throughout NSW, we are encouraging drivers to wipe off some of their speed, leave a greater braking distance to the vehicle in front, and in cases of significant rainfall or flooding pull over where safe to do so and wait for the wet weather to pass. Do not drive through swollen causeways, which present risks not only for drivers and passengers, but for emergency services who perform such rescues.
“Ultimately you are the one responsible. While my officers will be out in force over the long weekend, it is up to the people behind the wheel, controlling the bike or crossing the roads, to keep themselves and those around them safe. Be patient, put your headlights on in the wet and be visible.
“It’s not about tickets or fines because the ultimate penalty you can pay is with your life or the life of a loved one,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
There have been 171 major crashes reported to NSW Police across the state since the start of Operation Tortoise, 193 crashes less than last year.
During the first two days of Operation Tortoise, the annual Easter road safety campaign, police have conducted 96,452 breath tests charging 189 people with drink driving offences.
Police have also issued more than 3880 traffic infringement notices and 2165 infringement notices for speeding offences.
Some examples of errant driver behaviour from the operation so far include:
About11.30am, Thursday 2 April 2015, Coonabarabran Highway Patrol stopped a 52-year-old Wellington man driving on the Newell Highway Patrol at Coonabarabran. The vehicle was searched and police allegedly located a tin with cannabis inside, concealed within the rear boot of the car. The driver was issued with a court attendance notice to appear before Coonabarabran Local Court in June for the offence of possess prohibited drug.
About4pm, Friday 3 April 2015, Coonabarabran Highway Patrol detected an 18-year-old p-plater allegedly travelling at 137km/h on the Mendooran Road South of Coonabarabran. The local man was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h and his licence was immediately suspended for three months.
About9.45pm, Friday 3 April 2015, a 35-year-old woman was stopped by police while driving on Gould Road, Eagle Vale. She failed a random roadside drug test and was taken to the local police station where she tested positive to drugs. She had received her licence back nine hours earlier after serving a 24-hour prohibition order. She was issued with a prohibition order.
About4pm, Friday 3 April 2015, police were conducting patrols of the Pacific Highway, Woolgoolga, when they detected a car being driven by a 40-year-old man, allegedly travelling at 129km/h in a 110km/h zone. The vehicle was stopped and the driver submitted to a breath test. He returned a positive result and was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station. He returned a breath analysis result of 0.201. He was charged and his driver’s licence suspended. He will appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court on27 April 2015.
About6pm, Friday 3 April 2015, police were conducting stationary random breath testing in Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour, when they stopped a sedan being driven by a 50-year-old man. He tested negative but was unable to produce a driver’s licence. Checks revealed that he had never held a valid licence in any State or Territory. He was issued with a field court attendance notice to appear at Coffs Harbour
Local Court on the27 April 2015. .
On Friday 3 April 2015, a 28-year-old East Maitland woman, driving from Singleton to Rutherford, was stopped for random breath test by police. She returned a positive result and was taken to the local police station where she returned a positive result of 0.156. She had a six-year-old child in her vehicle. She was charged with high-range drink driving and due to appear at Maitland Local Court on11 April 2015.
At8am, Friday 3 April 2015, a vehicle was stopped on the Federal Highway, Collector, where the 25-year-old driver was arrested for a failed drug test. He was taken to Goulburn Police Station and his vehicle search. Police allegedly seized cannabis and over 350 capsules believed to be MDMA, with an estimated potential street value of $9000.
About4.15pm, Friday 3 April 2015, 57-year-old man was stopped on Hume Highway, Gunning, for allegedly travelling at 125km/h in a 110km/h zone. Checks revealed he has never held a driver’s licence.
About4pm, Thursday 2 April 2015, a 49-year-old driver from Victoria was travelling along Echuca Street, Moama, when he was allegedly caught by Deniliquin Traffic & Highway Patrol using his mobile phone to take a ‘selfie’ of himself while driving. He allegedly extended his hand out of his vehicle taking the photograph as he past the police officers. The driver was issued a traffic infringement notice, ‘use mobile phone when not permitted’ incurring a $311 fine and lost three demerit points.
About1.45am,Saturday 4 April 2015, a 55-year-old driver was stopped after being observed to leave the roadway whilst negotiating a right hand bend upon Brobenah Road, Leeton. He was subjected to a roadside breath test which proved positive and taken to Leeton Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.179. His driver’s licence was suspended and he was issued a field court attendance notice to appear at Leeton Local Court on5 June 2015for the offence of high-range drink driving.
About3:30pm, Friday 3 April 2015, Barrier Highway Patrol police stopped a vehicle due to expired registration/insurance. The 50-year-old driver was found to have never held a licence and was issued with a field court attendance notice. His 45-year-old male passenger had an outstanding warrant and was taken to Dareton Police Station as a result.
At1pm, Friday 3 April 2015, a 39-year-old Euabalong West man was allegedly detected driving in Euabalong with eight passengers, seven of which were unrestrained.
At1pm, Friday 3 April 2015, a 38-year-old male from Gordon was stopped on the M4 at Wentworthville, allegedly using a mobile phone. He was issued an infringement notice; driver use mobile phone when not permitted. Five minutes later the same man was stopped by the same police officer on the M4 Motorway, allegedly using his mobile phone whilst driving again. The driver was stopped and issued with another infringement notice for the same offence
Operation Tortoise began on Thursday 2 April and ends11:59pmonMonday 6 April 2015with double demerits in place for speeding, seat-belt and motorcycle helmet offences.
Officers will be targeting speeding, seatbelts, alcohol and drug-affected drivers, fatigue and distraction, and will be a highly-visible presence while on patrol throughout the state.
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