Eight killed in car crashes over long weekend

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Eight people were killed in car crashes across the state during the Easter long weekend.

Police said there was a concerning number of dangerous driving incidents, including excessive speed, high-range drink-driving, and reckless driving.

During Easter, NSW Police issued 5709 speed infringements, conducted 232,092 breath tests with 295 people charged with drink-driving, conducted 17,256 road-side drug tests with 863 positive roadside drug detections.

One incident of concern was on Thursday, March 28, when officers were patrolling the Bruxner Highway at Irvington at about 2.50pm, when they detected a stolen Mazda MX5 travelling westbound.

The Mazda failed to stop when directed and police pursued the car before terminating the chase near Casino because of safety concerns.

Police found the Mazda at Camille Court and the driver, a 26 year old woman from East Ballina was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.

Another incident on the long weekend was at 4.20pm on Saturday, March 30 when Richmond Traffic and Highway Patrol police were doing speed enforcement duties on Summerland Way at Leeville.

Police spotted a Honda Civic travelling at 155km in a 100km zone.

The P1 licence driver, a 28 year old man from Byron Bay, was issued a penalty notice for exceeding speed more than 45km/h. His provisional licence was suspended for six months, and the number plates were also confiscated.

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