Three new years eve accidents across Western region

THREE car accidents have marred day 11 of Operation Safe Arrival for the western region, with police reminding motorists to be patient and mindful of fatigue.

A 22-year-old male and female were taken to Armidale hospital and treated for shock and minor injuries after their car crashed into a tree on Waterfall Way near Ebor yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old man was taken to Tamworth hospital suffering head and hand injuries after his car left the road on Gunnedah Rd at Westdale and rolled into an embankment at 6.45am yesterday.

But the driver of a vehicle travelling north on Werris Creek Rd yesterday morning had a lucky escape after he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a table drain five kilometres south of Currabubula. 

He received no injuries in the single-vehicle accident.

The NSW holiday road toll yesterday stood at 10, after the death of a man in a crash on the Pacific Highway on the North Coast, five fewer than at the same time last year.

Across the western region on day 10 of the operation, police conducted 3307 random breath tests, with seven people charged with drink-driving, 82 receiving infringement notices for speeding and 70 booked for other  offences. 

Eight people received traffic infringement notices for failing to wear a seatbelt.

Across the state, 33,861 random breath tests were conducted on day 10, with 797 speeding drivers and 37 motorists charged and booked for drink-driving.

Superintendent Bob Ryan from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command has warned New Year revelers to not drink and drive.

“No one wants to start 2013 with a criminal record – or, even worse, the thought they’ve injured or killed someone in a traffic crash,” Superintendent Ryan said.

The operation began at midnight on Friday, December 21, and concludes at 11.59pm on Friday, with double demerits issued for all offences.

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