Published: Jul 24, 2017

Operation SouthForce continuing to target risky driver behaviour

Operation SouthForce is a joint operation between the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

NSW Police and Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety are continuing to urge road users to share the responsibility of ending the loss of life on roads in the Southern Region as Operation SouthForce continues.

Operation SouthForce is a joint operation between the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

Since the start of the operation officers have issued more than 850 infringements for driving offences including speeding, mobile phones, heavy vehicles, seatbelts and other offences.

Police have also conducted more than 2500 breath tests.

Acting Superintendent Simon Maund said police have been out in force and are continuing to target unsafe behaviour in the region.

“Our officers are patrolling roads in Wollongong, Lake Illawarra and the Shoalhaven Local Area Commands as part of Operation Southforce,” said Acting Superintendent Maund. 

“We make no apologies for targeting dangerous drivers in the southern police region, which has seen 59 people die on the roads – 22 more than the same time last year.” 

“Our message to drivers could not be clearer – if you put yourself and other road users at risk we will identify you, prosecute you and take you off the road.”

“With the support of the Centre for Road Safety we have a large number of police working alongside Southern Traffic Highway Patrol Command staff.”

“This includes police from the Metropolitan area, Operational Support and Taskforce Officers.”

“These officers continue to target drink and drug driving, speeding and mobile phone use. My officers are also looking out for fatigued drivers – another factor that can cause serious crashes,” said Acting Superintendent Maund.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said supporting high visibility policing operations such as Operation SouthForce is imperative in raising awareness of the dangers of unsafe driving. 

“The road toll might just seem like numbers on a piece of paper – but they aren’t – they’re people just like you - parents, grandparents, daughters, sons, friends and colleagues.”

“The road toll in the Southern Region is unacceptable – any number above zero is unacceptable.”

“We want people to think about their behaviour on the roads - speeding, drink driving, driving while tired and not wearing a seat belt or helmet are all factors which can lead to a fatal crash.”

“We’re continuing to work with NSW Police Force to drive the road toll Towards Zero, and we need all motorists to get on board and make sure they obey the road rules – it could just save your life,” Mr Carlon said.