LOCALS are being warned to drive safely this Easter as alarming statistics reveal the dangers of regional roads.
One-third of the state’s population live in the country, but a staggering two-thirds of crash fatalities occur on country roads.
It comes as police urge caution this Easter, with double demerits effective between Thursday, March 24 and Monday, March 28.
The double demerit point scheme applies for speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a helmet.
Last year, one woman was killed and 69 people injured in crashes across the state during the first two days of Operation Tortoise, the NSW Police’s Easter road-safety campaign.
Police officers will also this year target drug-affected drivers, fatigue and distraction, and will be a highly-visible presence while on patrol throughout the state.