Speeding increase in Christmas police blitz

OPERATION Crossroads ended at midnight with the same number of fatalities, three, that was reported during the previous campaign.

Police were also concerned with the jump in traffic fines and speeding drivers.

But Inspector Darren Hopkins, of Northern District Support Services, said this might be an indicator of Tasmania Police efforts to prevent crashes during the holiday season.

``Speeding was up by 30 per cent on last year and it is one of the major causes of crashes,'' he said.

``Similarly an increase of 9 per cent for drink-drivers was disappointing given that the number of random breath tests was down by 6 per cent.''

Inspector Hopkins said overall, police were happy with motorists' driving and compliance with the road rules.

Apart from the fatality at Powranna on Thursday, there have been no serious crashes for the New Year and only eight crashes required a short hospital visit. 

Final Operation Crossroads results, compared to last year:

*Random breath tests conducted: 29,676, down 6 per cent.

*Drink-driving offences detected: 125, up 9 per cent.

*Drug tests conducted: 76, down 56 per cent.

*Positive drug tests: 25, down 4 per cent.

*Licence offences detected: 194, up 4 per cent.

*Traffic fines issued: 1842, up 23 per cent.

*Speeding offences detected: 1391, up 30 per cent.

*Vehicles clamped or confiscated: 25, up 14 per cent.

*Fatalities: 3, no change.

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