Fatality a reminder to take care on the road

TASMANIA Police has released its latest update from Operation Crossroads, with yesterday's first holiday season road fatality a reminder for people to take care.

A German tourist died after the vehicle she was a passenger in ran off a gravel road and over a steep embankment in the Leven Canyon area.

The driver, also a tourist, escaped from the vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police also warned Falls Festival patrons that there would be a heavy police presence in the Marion Bay area, with the start of the music festival tomorrow.

``It is important to remind all drivers, especially those less experienced, of the need for safe driving and patience as traffic delays will be expected,'' Inspector Darren Hopkins, of Northern District Support Services, said.

``Police will have strong presence up to the conclusion of the event.''

Yesterday police intercepted a speeding P-plater at Cambridge, who was clocked at 124 km/h on the Tasman Highway in an 80 km/h speed zone.

Tasmanian results from Operation Crossroads so far, in comparison to the same time last year:

*Random breath tests conducted: 11564, up 22 per cent.

*Drink-driving offences detected: 40, up 21 per cent.

*Drug tests conducted: 25, down 44 per cent.

*Positive drug tests: 11, down 15 per cent.

*Licence offences detected: 81, up three per cent.

*Traffic fines issued: 685, up six per cent.

*Speeding offences detected: 458, down six per cent.

*Vehicles clamped or confiscated: seven.

*Fatal crashes: one.

*Fatalities: one.

Operation Crossroads started on Monday and continues until January 3.

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