One dead and 45 major crashes reported on southern roads over Christmas break

Double demerit points over the Christmas break have not deterred some drivers from risky road behaviours in our area.

There was one fatality, 45 major crashes and 26 injuries on Southern NSW roads between Friday, December 21 and Wednesday, December 26.

Another 60 people were charged with drink driving, 1167 people were caught speeding and 82 infringement notices were issued to drivers not driving with a seat belt, child car seat or helmet.

These were the latest figures recorded by NSW police during Operation Safe Arrival, the state’s Christmas/New Year road safety operation, running until Tuesday, January 1.

The Hume Police District recorded the highest number of people speeding, with 293 infringements.

An additional 129 people were caught for other infringements, such as driving without P plates and four people were reported for restraining offences (people not wearing their seat belt properly) in the district.

Over the period, Hume Police also conducted 9683 breath tests.

Two patients were taken to hospital following a collision on Lachlan Valley Way near Cunningar Road, Boorowa on New Year’s Eve.

One was taken to Canberra Hospital and the other was taken to Yass Hospital. 

Both were in a stable condition, however, the 40-year-old male involved was believed to have a minor head bleed, a possible fractured arm and was in a slight state of shock.

The accident involved a head on collision on a sweeping right-hand bend, according to reports from the emergency services.

One car crashed into a guard rail and hit a car in oncoming traffic as a result.