Police out in force as part of Operation Phoenix

The Barton Highway in New South Wales will be on close watch by police over the next three days

April 12, 2013

Barton Highway in New South Wales will be on close watch by police as part of an operation to clamp down on unsafe behaviour.

Operation Phoenix, a four-day campaign that commenced yesterday, aims to improve safety on the main thoroughfare linking Canberra and Yass via Murrumbateman by targeting law-breaking motorists.

Acting Inspector Mick Timms says the operation is in response to a worrying number of serious crashes on the highway.

"In the past two years there have been 56 major crashes on that highway – half of those resulted in the loss of life," Timms says.

"This high-visibility operation, which is part of a targeted, intelligence-based campaign to reduce trauma on the Barton Highway, aims to act as a deterrent to motorists who are intent on doing the wrong thing."

Timms says officers will focus on speeding, drink driving offences and "other risky behaviour".

"Anyone who wants to put themselves or other innocent road users in danger by acting up behind the wheel of a vehicle will be caught and dealt with accordingly," he warns.

The operation concludes on Sunday.

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