29 February 2024

Operation Furious: Four-day blitz to combat dangerous driving on the Hume Highway

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol officers are set to target speeding and dangerous driving as part of Operation Furious. Photo: NSW Police.

In an effort to enhance road safety on the Hume Highway, NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol officers are preparing to tackle speeding and dangerous driving.

Officers will saturate the Hume Highway in the high visibility road safety policing blitz, Operation Furious.

Operation Furious will exercise mobile and stationary speed enforcement to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on the Hume Highway.

The four-day joint initiative will run from Tuesday 5 March, from 12:01 am to Friday 8 March, 11:59 pm.

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As part of the operation, the Traffic and Highway Patrol presence will be increased for the 840-kilometre stretch of the Hume Highway from Summer Hill in Sydney to Albury on the Victorian border.

The first deployment will see more than 140 NSW and Victoria Traffic and Highway patrol operatives deployed over the four days, with more deployments planned throughout the year.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Southwest Acting Superintendent Greg Donaldson said everyone was responsible for keeping the roads safe.

“Over the last 10 years, 81 lives have been lost from 76 crashes along the Hume Highway between Sydney and Albury,” Acting Superintendent Donaldson said.

“Overwhelmingly, these crashes have been a result of driver behaviour in the form of speeding, alcohol or drugs, fatigue or other poor driving choice.

“These lives could have been saved if drivers took greater responsibility when getting behind the wheel.”

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Victoria Police will continue the operation across the border as part of Operation Hamilton.

Acting Superintendent Donaldson said the cross-border operations between NSW Police and Victoria Police were important and the forces were working together to clamp down on dangerous driving.

“This sort of behaviour won’t be tolerated and we have drivers doing the wrong thing in our sights.”

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