Operation Crossroads spokesman Luke Moore said
it was pleasing that there were no fatalities although there had been seven
serious crashes, compared with six last year.
The national Christmas road toll reporting
period concluded at midnight last night.
Tasmania’s situation compared with carnage on
interstate roads, with more than 20 people killed in New South Wales alone.
Acting Inspector Moore said a total of 29,313
random drug and alcohol tests had been conducted during the period, with 76
drivers charged with drink-driving offences, 55 with positive oral fluid tests,
1219 speeding infringements, 83 inattentive driving infringements, 51 mobile
phone offences, and 90 motorists charged for failing to wear a seat belt.
Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said
there had been 36 deaths and 263 serious injuries on Tasmanian roads in 2017.
“This is the same number of fatalities and 19 fewer serious injuries than 2016,
and compares with the five-year average (2012-2016) of 33.6 fatalities and 302.4
serious injuries,” he said.