Operation Chrome: Western NSW roads under the spotlight for police

IN THEIR SIGHTS: Poor driving behaviour will be targeted by the region's police officer during the two-day operation. Photo: FILE
IN THEIR SIGHTS: Poor driving behaviour will be targeted by the region's police officer during the two-day operation. Photo: FILE

SPEEDING, drink or drug driving, not wearing your seatbelt or taking a call as you drive in Western NSW - police officers have you in their sights.

Operation Chrome is a two-day police blitz running this Friday and Saturday and "poor driving behaviours" from motorists will be targeted.

Fatigued motorists will also be a priority for all officers.

In an effort to reduce road trauma and save lives on country roads, police from all districts in the region will be out in force.

NSW Police Western Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie said a reduction in rural road trauma was a top priority for officers in the entire region.

"If you are on the road and doing something wrong, you can expect to be stopped by police in an unmarked car, [by] general duties police, or one of our highway patrol officers," he said.

"Our main aim is to stop fatal crashes before they happen.

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility. If everyone takes personal responsibility for their actions, it will save lives. It's that simple."

Western Region Traffic Tactician Inspector Jason Bush said it was up to everyone to do "their part" to make the roads a safer place.

"Sadly, we have already lost 33 lives on Western NSW roads this year. Most crashes happen in rural and regional areas, which is why you will see us in numbers this weekend," he said.

"We make no apologies for taking licences away from anyone who puts themselves and other road users at risk through dangerous driving behaviours."

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