Albury police to 'saturate' the roads in month-long campaign

Sen-Constable Nick Fahy will be part of Operation Saturation 2 in coming days. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Sen-Constable Nick Fahy will be part of Operation Saturation 2 in coming days. Picture: TARA GOONAN

POLICE will “saturate” Albury streets in an operation focused on road safety.

Local officers will join the state-wide Operation Saturation 2 tomorrow.

Albury Sgt Daniel Finch said police would be clamping down on fatigue, speed and alcohol offences.

Distraction offences, such as mobile phone use, and not wearing a seatbelt will also be targeted.

“There will be extra police, saturating different areas,” he said.

“We’ll saturate certain areas on certain days.

“The main point is that there were will additional police targeting speed, fatigue and alcohol.”

The operation started in other NSW police districts last week and will run until September 20.

Officers will work 1180 more shifts state-wide in a bid to reduce death and serious injury crashes.

Figures to Tuesday show 204 people have died on NSW roads this year, with 342 people losing their lives in the past 12 months.

The figures are up from last year.

“The message is for people to obey the speed limits and to not touch their phones,” Sgt Finch said.

“We recently had a compliance operation with mobile phones where seven people were caught in one day.

“Alcohol and fatigue are also things which will increase the risks of an accident.”

NSW Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay said high-risk locations would be targeted.

“This campaign is about improving road safety by targeting specific behaviours that are among some of the biggest killers on our roads,” Mr Gay said.

“They include speeding, drink-driving, illegal mobile phone use and seatbelt offences.

“Based on the Centre for Road Safety’s crash data, police presence will be boosted in areas that have been identified as leading locations for fatal crashes this year.”

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