Mobile phones are among the distractions police are warning against as the road toll rises.
Mobile phones are among the distractions police are warning against as the road toll rises. Warren Lynam

Forget the phone, and live

POLICE have urged road users to take care in response to a soaring road toll.

A total of 152 people have died on NSW roads so far this year, 34 more than by May last year.

Assistant Commissioner and Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander John Hartley said motorists needed to take more personal responsibility.

"It only takes a second for a road user to make the wrong choice. .. for a tragedy to occur," Commander Hartley said.

"Make the right decision by fastening the seat belt, slowing down, resting and ignoring the mobile phone," he said.

"Police officers will always do everything possible to minimise road trauma, but without road-user responsibility, their job will not be complete."

 

Police have stopped motorists for alleged high- range speeding and drink- driving in the past week.

A motorcyclist, 46, had a fractured ankle after colliding with a vehicle at Whitehaven on Thursday.

A woman, 49, allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.298, nearly six times the legal limit, at Toongabbie on Wednesday, the same day a 21-year-old man was allegedly detected travelling at 150kmh, 50kmh above the limit, at Eastern Creek.


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