TWO cars rolled over in Lake Macquarie, a motorcyclist was clocked doing 197 kilometres on the Golden Highway near Cassilis, and a man died when his Holden Commodore hit a Land Cruiser at Brandy Hill.
And that was just the first three days of the Easter long weekend.
Between Thursday and Saturday police in the northern region of NSW – which stretches from the Queensland border to the Brooklyn bridge on the Central Coast – had seen 39 major crashes in which 18 people were injured.
The worst came early, when a 27-year-old man died after a head-on collision at about 6am on Thursday at the intersection of Clarence Town Road and Brandy Hill Drive.
But police also responded to a serious accident in Jewells on Thursday, when a car landed upside on the median strip near the corner of the Pacific Highway and Ntaba Road, and another on Northcott Drive in Kotata.
The most outrageous incident though came on Saturday morning, when a 35-year-old motorcyclist was spotted by police overtaking a sedan across an unbroken line at 197 kilometres per hour in a 100 zone on the Golden Highway at Cassilis.
The man was fined $2350, lost 12 points, and had his licence and registration suspended.
Another motorcyclist – this time a 25-year-old Lake Macquarie man – will face court in May after he lead police on a pursuit through Cooranbong on Friday night.
At about 7.20pm on Friday the man, a motorcyclist, allegedly sped away from police officers who then chased him, police said.
He was arrested later at his home and taken to Wyong police station where he was charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and police pursuit – Skye’s Law.
He will appear in Wyong Local Court in May.
Despite those incidents, the Northern Region’s traffic tactician Chief Inspector Bruce McGregor said the 985 speeding tickets and 30 drink-driving charges in the area between Thursday and Saturday were actually a little bit improved on last year.
“Hopefully what that suggests is that people are taking our warnings seriously and trying not to come under notice,” he said.
By Sunday morning, police had conducted 20,889 random breath tests in the northern part of the state.
Across NSW, there had been 4726 speeding infringements, 142,165 breath tests, 150 drink-driving charges, 216 major crashes and three fatalities, including a 38-year man who was killed in Brocklesby, 45 kilometres northwest of Albury in the state’s south, after his Toyota Landcruiser left the road and slammed into a tree.
Assistant police commissioner Michael Corboy said the deaths of the three men on rural roads was a major cause for concern.
“When we investigate roads deaths we look always look at major risk factors such as speed and fatigue,” he said.
“While these deaths are devastating to all involved, I do take a positive news from the progressive statistics that show fewer major crashes recorded this campaign, and fewer people injured as a consequence.”