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NSW Highway Patrol launch Hume safety blitz

There will be an increased police presence on the Hume Highway in March as NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol officers launch Operation Furious.

Taking place March 5-8, the road safety blitz is targeting speeding and dangerous driving offences, with mobile and stationary speed enforcement to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on the Hume.

The first deployment will see more than 140 NSW and Victoria Traffic and Highway patrol operatives deployed over the four days, with more deployments planned throughout the year.

THWP South-West acting superintendent Greg Donaldson says its everyone’s responsibility to keep the roads safe.

“Over the last 10 years, 81 lives have been lost from 76 crashes along the Hume Highway between Sydney and Albury,” he says.

“Overwhelmingly, these crashes have been a result of driver behaviour, in the form of speeding, alcohol or drugs, fatigue or other poor driving choice.

“These lives could have been saved if drivers took greater responsibility when getting behind the wheel.”

Officers will be deployed to the 840km stretch of the Hume Highway from Summer Hill in Sydney to Albury on the Victorian border.

Victoria Police will continue the operation across the border, as part of Operation Hamilton.

“These types of cross-border operations are important to show NSW Police and Victoria Police are working together to clamp down on dangerous driving,” Donaldson says.

“This sort of behaviour won’t be tolerated and we have drivers doing the wrong thing in our sights.”

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