Road toll drives Operation

Local police from the State’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were part of Operation Compliance Five on Wednesday after the road toll surpassed last year’s total with a month still to go.

The state’s road toll has now reached 353, which is already more lives lost on NSW roads than in the entirety of 2015.

The day-long operation saw officers around the state targeting traffic offences around school zones, people using mobile phones while driving, people not keeping left, and inspecting cars for defects.

Drivers in the Lithgow Local Government Area didn’t fare so well when it came to getting booked.

It still seems the message about driving and not using your mobile phone is not getting out with seven caught with mobile phone offences.

Another seven were for not keeping left, two for school zone offences and one heavy vehicle for a defect.

CHIFLEY HIGHWAY PATROL: In the Lithgow LGA 17 offences were detected during Operation Compliance 5.

CHIFLEY HIGHWAY PATROL: In the Lithgow LGA 17 offences were detected during Operation Compliance 5.

All the not keep left offences were on the Great Western Highway between the end of the 70 kilometre zone west of Lithgow and Tunnel Hill, Highway Patrol Sargent Glen Crawford from Chifley LAC.

He said the rule was enforced where vehicles were not keeping left in multiple lanes in signposted areas or where the speed limit is 90 kilometres an hour or above.

Assistant Commissioner Corboy of the State’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said that the operation was aimed at changing driving culture and keeping everyone safe.

“We need to change the way of thinking on our roads, and especially around schools.

“The operation had police in and around school zones ensuring that children and other road users are safe.

“We also monitored drivers across the state and fined anyone who still thinks it’s okay to text and drive.

“The culture around school zones and the use of mobile phones behind the wheel needs to change,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

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