NSW records most deaths over festive period

A total of 47 people have died on Australian roads this Christmas/New Year period, with the count to end at midnight.

NSW has recorded the most deaths with a total of 12, followed by Victoria on nine, WA on eight, Queensland and SA on seven, Tasmania on three and the NT one. Only the ACT has been fatality-free.

NSW police are running Operation Safe Arrival for a longer period this year, with an extra death recorded two days before the national count started.

Last Christmas/New Year a total of 50 people died on Australian roads.

NSW leads holiday period death rate.

NSW leads holiday period death rate.