Hills two-wheeled police blitz

THE highway patrol's motorcycle response team issued 36 traffic infringement notices during a day-long operation in Castle Hill on March 12.

Consisting of seven motorcyclists, the team was in the surrounding area of the CBD from 9am to 3pm focusing on road rule compliance, traffic congestion management, mobile/stationary random breath testing and parking compliance.

As a result, they conducted 195 random breath tests, gave out 10 cautions for minor matters and moved on 13 motorists out of congested areas.

Police said during the morning peak periods, the vast majority of drivers in and around the CBD were compliant with the relevant road rules.

Acting commander of the traffic and highway patrol Stuart Smith said the operation was about making the roads safer.

"Anyone who has been through Castle Hill knows the area can get busy," he said. "This is about our officers ensuring that road users are sharing the roads.

"Even a minor crash involving a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist can have a significant effect on local roads, and those that feed into Pennant Hills, Dural or even Parramatta."

He added that bus commuters also want to complete their journeys in a timely fashion rather than sitting in traffic because of an incident.

"Our motorcycle response teams, which are a joint venture with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, have been in operation in the Sydney CBD and more recently in the Parramatta CBD for some time," he said.

"[We] will continue to deliver the sort of road safety outcomes we have seen at Castle Hill.

"We will continue to deploy our motorcycle response team throughout the north-west to ensure road safety and minimise any traffic congestion." Police also said residents approached officers to express their appreciation for their presence in the area.

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