Speeding drivers plague roads

DESPITE huge fines, double demerit points and the threat of losing your drivers licence police say motorists in Orange continue to speed.

By Saturday morning 51 speed infringement notices had been issued during their annual Christmas/New Year traffic-enforcement campaign.

Operation Safe Arrival kicked off on December 20 and aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury during what is traditionally the busiest time of year on NSW roads.

Orange Highway Patrol Command sergeant Luke Blissett said speeding has made up the largest proportion of the 146 infringement notices issued during this time.

"One motorist was caught driving 141km/h in a 100km/h zone in Orange," he said.

Sergeant Blissett said other fines issued have included four for not wearing a seatbelt, three unlicensed drivers, three driving while suspended, three drug charges and one drink driver.

There have been a further 81 traffic infringements issued since December 20.

Sergeant Blissett said highway patrol have conducted 2353 random breath tests in Orange over this period with just one motorist issued with a mid-range drink driving infringement.

"We try and keep our crash statistics down and this is one way of doing it," he said.

Sergeant Blissett said fatigue is a concern during the festive period and has asked motorists to take regular breaks.

"When you start yawning or your eyes start to blink these are the warning signs," he said.

"If you're tired stop, revive and survive."

The NSW road toll for 2013 currently stands at 332.

Operation Safe Arrival will continue until Thursday January 2, 2014.

Double demerits will be in place until Wednesday January 1, 2014 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

In 2012/13, the state-wide Operation Safe Arrival campaign resulted in:

* Police conducting 527,174 breath tests and charging 992 motorists with drink-driving;

* Police booking 11,903 motorists for speeding;

* Police catching over 1194 people not wearing seat belts;

* Police issuing 17,663 infringements for other traffic offences.

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