Statewide road safety blitz

A 24-hour police road safety blitz will begin at midnight tonight.

More than 270 police officers have been rostered on traffic road safety duties statewide as part of Operation Zero.

“This is a back-to-basics operation. Drivers who take risks on the road like using mobile phones, running red lights, not indicating or obeying road signs, are more likely to cause or be involved in a crash,” Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams said. 

“Most crashes in Tasmania occur on lower speed urban roads. Only a degree of luck stands between a minor crash with minor injuries and a serious crash with devastating consequences."

In 2013, the streets with the highest number of crashes in Launceston were Wellington and Brisbane streets.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, so we’re also asking that people report the details of risky drivers to police on 131 444,"  

Assistant Commissioner Adams said.