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Deadly weekend prompts police safety plea

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016 Andi Yu

As a bloody weekend on NSW roads comes to a close, the state's death toll is now at 365 and police are pleading with motorists to stop taking risks.

Between Friday and Sunday, eight people died in road accidents across NSW, with police citing mobile phone use, fatigue and disobeying the road rules as the most common causes.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy says the Christmas holiday period hasn't even begun yet and police are already disturbed about the potential road toll for the full year.

At 365, there has already been a death for every day of the year, he told reporters on Sunday.

He said police were seeing more and more risk taking behaviour and "distracted driving".

NSW Police have planned targeted road patrols all through December to the end of January.

"We are really throwing every officer we can at this," the assistant commissioner said.

"We are not going to drop the ball on this."

Two accidents, including one on Sunday morning at Bringelly, involved people being incinerated.

"Those are always horrific to attend," he said.

In the latest example of risky driving, a man was caught street racing on Saturday night on the Great Western Highway at Kingswood, doing 120 km/h in an 80 zone with a toddler and baby unrestrained in his car.

No one was injured, but the man was charged with dangerous driving offences.

"With the amount of people dying on our roads, with the amount of communication we do on all this, how a sensible person could even think to do that is just beyond me," the assistant commissioner said.

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