Tragic start to Easter long weekend as police urge safety

Police are urging all NSW motorists to drive safely this Easter long weekend after two people died on Sydney roads yesterday.

The Easter Operation 2024 began at 12.01am yesterday (Thursday 28 March 2024) and will see a high-visibility policing presence on the state’s roads.

Two men died on Sydney roads during day one of the operation; a 20-year-old man in Kensington, while an 80-year-old man died in a crash at Campbelltown.

While the traffic operation has just begun police have already detected 815 drivers speeding, 28 drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and 116 drivers under the influence of illicit drugs.

“It’s not good enough” Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden, Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol said.

“Two tragic deaths on our roads and almost a thousand drivers blatantly disobeying road rules it not good enough”.

“I want to once again urge drivers to be safe this long weekend and not put other drivers at risk.”

Incidents of note include:

  • About 3.30pm yesterday (Thursday 28 March 2024), police detected a Toyota Sedan speeding on The Burley Griffin Way, Moombooldool, reaching speeds of 187km/h in a marked 100km/h speed zone. Officers stopped the car and issued the driver, a 28-year-old man, with traffic infringement notice which carries a fine of $2794 and the loss of 12 demerit points. The man also had his licenced suspended.
  • About 12.20am today (Friday 29 March 2024), police detected a Lexus Sedan speeding on Henry Lawson Drive, Padstow, reaching speeds of 154km/h in a marked 70km/h speed zone. The P1 driver, a 17-year-old boy, was drug tested and returned a positive result for cocaine. He was issued a future court attendance notice for drive speed manner dangerous and exceed speed over 45k/h. He was also issued multiple traffic infringements and had his licence suspended.

The Easter Operation 2024 will run until 11.59pm Monday 1 April 2024.

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