NSW Police are putting Hurstville drivers on notice as Operation HECTIC, a large local traffic enforcement operation, kicks off in mid-July and runs into August.
Senior Sergeant Branko Kubecka from Hurstville HWP pointed to recent NSW Police Force crash data that showed a higher than normal rate of major crashes in peak hour traffic from Monday to Friday.
These crashes occurred in the central business districts of Riverwood, Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills and Hurstville, and the major roadways within the Hurstville Local Government Area.
“The aim of this operation is to reduce road trauma in the Hurstville area by saturating specific areas with a large number of police to promote road safety strategies.
“The increase in crashes seemed to be as a result of absent minded drivers rushing to and from work,” he said.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests the hectic lifestyles of local road users result in dangerous behaviour including failure to fasten seatbelts, use of mobile phones, speeding and lapses in concentration."
Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said that the operation's aim is to reduce crash-related injuries, using focused and increased police activities such as random breath testing and stationary speed detection.