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Video shows cop’s near-miss with car

Friday, December 31, 2010

Laaska News December 31,2010.

New South Wales police have released footage of a sleepy motorist narrowly escaping a head-on crash with a police car when she drifts to the wrong side of the road.

Near miss: a car drifts onto the wrong side of the Golden Highway (AAP: NSW Police)

Police are using the footage released yesterday to highlight their message that motorists should stop, revive and survive.

The video starts with a view from the front of a patrol car cruising the Golden Highway in the Hunter Valley.

Where the road ahead curves right, an oncoming car appears travelling on the wrong side of the road.

The Senior Constable driving the patrol car veers right, avoiding the oncoming car.

Police say the 66-year-old female driver later admitted to having a micro sleep.

Police Minister Michael Daley says fatigue accounts for almost 20 per cent of all fatal car accidents.

“Watch out for the signs: drowsiness, dry eyes, yawning,” he said.

“Only a highway patrol officer can police drink driving, fatigue driving, reckless driving, people who are drag racing on country roads, all those things can only be policed by more highway patrols,” he said.

Overall, NSW police are congratulating motorists for safer driving this Christmas with three deaths on the road compared to 12 in the same period last year.

Mr Daley says there has also been a decrease in the number of people charged with driving offences over the Christmas period compared to 2009.

The number of people charged dropped from more than 17,500 at Christmas in 2009 to just more than 13,000.

Mr Daley says the number of drivers caught drink driving has almost halved despite police conducting 24,000 more breath tests.

“It’s a very good result. We hope motorists are getting the message,” he said.

“We’ll give them the message the hard way if they won’t get it the easy way, but the results so far are very pleasing.”

Souece:ABC News

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