Killer roads and the endangered species

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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DOUBLE DEMERITS: Highway patrol will be out in force on Hunter roads during the long weekend. Picture: Simone De Peak.TIRED, middle-aged men driving utilities late at night and early in the morning have become the endangered species on Hunter roads.
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More than a third of all people killed on the region’s roads this year were men aged between 30 and 59, mirroring a worrying statewide trend which has seen 61 men dead compared to 38 for the same period last year.

At least 14 of those have been killed in the Hunter.

And men aged in their 40s also remain over-represented in the rising road toll.

“We always think fatigue comes fromdriving long distances, but a lot of fatigue in the Hunter Valley ispeople working all day, and after their 10 to 12 hours on the tools they are driving home,’’ Northern Region traffic tactician, Chief Inspector Trent Le-Merton said.

Fatigue had become the second biggest factorin road fatalities across the state, with 21% of all deaths now attributed to tired drivers.

Only speed (43%) was higher.

It came at the same time as a spike in the number of deaths involving light trucks, including utilities, with 66 fatalities, up 16 from last year.

And there have been 26 more people (90), killed in fatal single-vehicle accidents where the first impact was with a tree or power pole, suggesting fatigue.

The Hunter’s official road toll, according to police, is 38 this year –eight more than last year –although they do not include deaths in the Manning-Great Lakes command, which includes towns such as Gloucester and Bulahdelah.

It includes a significant increase in the Central Hunter command, which includes Maitland and Cessnock, where 11 people have been killed compared to three for the same period last year.

“There has been a run in Central Hunter, a lot of then are at night and early in the morning, a lot on rural roads and a lot involving utilities which have gone off the road and hit a tree or pole,’’ Chief Inspector Le-Merton said.

As the October long weekend on the roads began on Friday, with the threat of losing double demerit points until Monday night, police have bolstered their presence on the roads.

More than 25 Sydney-based highway patrol cars have been sent from Sydney to north of the Hunter to help keep school holidaymakers in check.

Chief Inspector Le-Merton said police would be cracking down on speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones –a phenomenon which may be linked to fatigue crashes.

He said “distraction offences”, such as using a phone while driving, can appear to be a fatigued driver because it includes the car drifting before sudden corrections.

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