NSW police say the state’s Easter road toll of two could be a lot worse.
With the long weekend blitz set to wrap up at midnight on Monday, 129 people have been injured in 421 major crashes across NSW – down from 160 people hurt in 484 serious collisions last year.
More than 1200 highway patrol officers have been on duty and police have noted an overall improvement in driver behaviour.
But it hasn’t all been good news.
A 76-year-old cyclist was killed after colliding with a car in Mosman on Sydney’s north shore on Saturday afternoon.
Hours earlier, another man was killed when his car and a truck collided in the state’s north at Tyndale.
Operations Manager NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol, Inspector Phillip Brooks said that judging by some drivers’ antics, the death and injury toll could be a lot worse.
In one incident a 36-year-old man left a party in Goulburn, crashed his car into a power pole, then returned to the party where he was nabbed by police.
In Griffith, a 29-year-old performed a double blunder when he drove off from the local hotel where he had been drinking and then answered his mobile phone. The driver, who later recorded a mid-range PCA, also crashed into a power pole.
“We have been able to keep the road toll to two at this stage but courtesy of people’s very poor driving behaviour it could have been a lot worse,” Insp Brooks told AAP on Monday.
Insp Brooks put the improvement down to increased police road patrols, better technology and education and social media campaigns.
Australia’s Easter road toll climbed to 11 on Sunday, following two deaths in Queensland, one in Victoria and one in WA.
Four of the nation’s fatalities have been on WA roads and involved young men aged between 17 and 26.
(EDS: The Easter road toll figures are for the period 0001 April 17 to 2359 April 21)