More than 20 people have lost their lives on NSW roads over the holidays, more than twice last year’s total.
Four lives have been lost in three separate crashes across the MIA since the beginning of December.
Most recently, one man lost his life in a single vehicle crash near Beelbangera in the early hours of Christmas Day.
Following reports of a power outage, it was discovered a car had hit a power pole. The incident occurred on Rankin Springs Road, near the intersection of Fowler Road.
Police believe the driver was travelling north along the road when he collided with the power pole and a pump station.
Just days earlier, police described a crash that took the lives of a 15-year old girl and a 24-year-old male on Kidman Way just south of Darlington Point as a “tragic accident”.
Police were notified of the accident around 15 kilometres south of Darlington Point at about 12.15pm on December 21. It appears the car has lost control and collided with a tree. Just days beforehand, a Griffith man passed away following an accident at Barellan.
A young man has been stung with a large fine after he was caught speeding across the Riverina on Saturday.
When questioned, Highway Patrol officers claim the 22-year-old man said: "I thought I was doing 150. I was having a bit too much fun”.
The driver was allegedly travelling 182 kilometres per hour in a 110 kilometre-per-hour speed zone on the Newell Highway, near West Wyalong, when he was pulled over. Officers issued the Victorian man with a $2384 penalty notice and he was banned from driving in NSW for six months.
A 28 year-old man has been slapped with $1153 in fines and a loss of 16 demerit points after allegedly being caught speeding twice in the same hour.
Narrandera Highway Patrol pulled the man over after he was observed travelling at 139 kilometres per hour in the sign-posted 100 kilometre zone whilst overtaking another vehicle on the Sturt Highway.
When approached by police, he allegedly admitted to being pulled over for the same offence less than an hour before.
"This is so embarrassing, I just got stopped 5 minutes ago for overtaking the same car."
Highway Patrol later discovered he had been observed travelling 118 kilometres per hour in a 100 kilometre zone. Due to Double Demerits over the holiday period, he will lose 16 demerit points instead of eight.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.