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NSW crackdown on bad Xmas driving

A man driving at 188km/h in a 50km zone, another driving at 159km/h in an 80km zone, and a blood alcohol reading of 0.175.

These are just some of the incidents from the first full day of NSW Police’s state-wide road safety operation for the Christmas and New Year period.

By Friday afternoon, police had issued 833 speeding tickets, conducted more than 20,000 breath tests, attended 57 major crashes and issued 23 drink driving charges.

One 27-year-old man was caught driving more than 130km/h over the 50km speed limit on Fitzroy Street in Sydney’s Marrickville on Thursday. His licence has been cancelled for six months.

Another man, aged 43, was detected travelling at 159km/h in an 80km zone in Barden Ridge before 9am on Christmas Eve. His licence has been suspened.

A 25-year-old man who lost control of his van near Cootamundra and crashed it onto its side returned a positive breath test, with a reading of 0.175, just after 4pm.

One life has already been lost on the roads after a driver failed to stop when directed by police on Thursday evening in Sydney’s southwest.

Police pursued the car, which struck a power pole on Eastwood Road, Leppington.

A male passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

“We hope to see drivers taking care while visiting loved ones during the festive season,” Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb said in a statement.

The operation started at midnight on Christmas Eve and runs until 11.59pm on January 3.

Double-demerits apply for speeding, seatbelt, phone and helmet offences during the operation.

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