Holiday road toll continues to rise

THE national holiday road toll stands at 27, after eight deaths on New South Wales roads and the death of a quad bike rider in Queensland on Friday.

The latest NSW fatality was a 50-year-old man who was run down while standing on the side of the road next to his own car.

On Day Seven of the NSW Police road operation, more than 42,000 breath tests were completed, leading to 33 charges.

There were also 924 drivers caught speeding and 1218 other traffic infringement notices handed out in NSW on Thursday, police figures revealed.

In Queensland, a quad bike rider was killed after a four-wheel-drive collided with the bikes near Amamoor, bringing that state's holiday road toll to three.

There were six people killed on Victorian roads in the past week, with one person killed when a car ran into a truck near Colac in rural Victoria on Thursday.

Police in the Northern Territory reported three fatalities, in a single car crash near Hermannsburg in central Australia earlier this week.

A man was also killed in a two-car crash in Adelaide, South Australia, bringing the SA holiday road toll to four fatalities.

In Western Australia, there have been three deaths on the road in the past week, but none reported by police in the past 24 hours.

Both Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory remained the only states with no deaths on roads during the holiday period.

Topics:  christmas, crash, fatal, police, road toll



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