Holiday traffic blitz wraps up

New South Wales police have concluded their holiday traffic blitz, Operation Safe Arrival, with mixed results.

Senior police were alarmed that the operation, which wrapped up at 11.59pm yesterday, found an increased number of drink-drivers on the state's roads. 

Police conducted a total of 527,174 breath tests which resulted in 992 people being charged for PCA (up 98).

However, Commander of Traffic Services Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said most offences were down compared to last year.

Over the Christmas period there were 15 fatal crashes across the state, resulting in the deaths of 17 people.

In the Hunter, an 82-year-old woman was killed in a single vehicle crash at Brandy Hill on December 21.

On December 26, a 28-year-old old man died when his car crashed into a tree in Abernethy.

On Thursday January 3, a 40-year-old man died in hospital following a Boxing Day crash while riding his motorcycle in Heatherbrae and another man died after an accident involving his motorcycle and a 4WD in Howes Valley.

During the fifteen day operation double demerits were in place for speeding and restraint offences. Police also targeted drink-driving and irresponsible driver behavior. 

Northern Region statistics from Operation Safe Arrival

Breath tests: 51,185

PCA offences: 94

Seatbelt infringements: 188

Speeding infringements: 2831

Other infringements: 2757

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