Getting a ticket may just save your life

Officers from NSW’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command issued 2199 tickets for mobile phone, seatbelt, and defective vehicles in a one-day state-wide traffic operation.

During the operation, officers continued to see people disobeying the law, with officers issuing 1277 infringements for mobile phone offences, 376 infringements for people not wearing seatbelts, and 546 infringements for vehicle defects.

 To have nearly 2200 infringements issued in a single day suggests a clear lack of personal responsibility by many drivers.

Using a phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving a defective car not only puts a driver at risk, it puts their passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk of death or serious injury. 

It is disappointing to see so many people disobeying these simple road rules. Hopefully all 2199 people learned a valuable lesson yesterday; a lesson that could stop someone from being seriously injured or killed in the future.

So far this year, 232 have already died on NSW roads. We need drivers to take full responsibility for their actions, to help prevent more people from losing their lives.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith,

NSW Police

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