Motorcyclist clocked at 197km/h on Golden Highway at Cassilis

A MOTORCYCLIST clocked almost double the speed limit on the Golden Highway at Cassilis on Saturday.

The 35-year-old man was fined $2350, lost 12 points and had his licence and registration suspended after he was seen overtaking a sedan across an unbroken line at 197km/h in a 100km/h zone about 11.10am.

The incident was just one of the significant detections made over the past 24 hours.

Three men have lost their lives on NSW roads this Easter long weekend, two more than for the same period last year.

As Day Three of Operation Tortoise gets underway, NSW Police are reminding road users to stay focussed when driving and to take special care on rural roads with all three fatalities occurring outside the metropolitan area.

A 36-year-old man was recorded as the state’s third fatality when his motorcycle crashed north of Cobar on Saturday.

Previously, a 27-year-old man died when his sedan and a 4WD collided at Seaham, 40km north of Newcastle, about 6am on Thursday, while a 38-year-old man died later that day at 9.30pm when his 4WD left the road and hit a tree 45km north-west of Albury.

All three men were the sole occupants or riders.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said the deaths on the rural roads was a major cause for concern.

“When we investigate roads deaths we look always look at major risk factors such as speed and fatigue,” he said.

“While these deaths are devastating to all involved, I do take a positive news from the progressive statistics that show fewer major crashes recorded this campaign (216 this year, 26 fewer than last year), and fewer people injured as a consequence (78 people injured this year compared to 86 last year).”

Operation Tortoise, the Easter long weekend traffic operation, began at 12.01am on Thursday and ends at 11.59pm on Monday, April 17.

Double demerits will be in force throughout the operation.