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IMPACT: The Mitsubishi ute after it crashed with a kangaroo on the Golden Highway at Jerrys Plains. Picture: NSW Police
A MOTORIST on the Golden Highway at Jerrys Plains is counting their lucky stars after a kangaroo reportedly went through the front window.
Highway patrol officers said it was incredibly fortunate there were no injuries, with the force of the impact so strong the kangaroo snapped the front passenger seat.
It died in the back seat of the Mitsubishi ute, police said.
The crash occurred about 6am.
In other police news, highway patrol has issued more than 1000 fines for mobile phone use as part of a one-day state-wide traffic crackdown.
A further 306 fines were issued for drivers not keeping left, while 561 were issued for defective vehicles.
Traffic and Highway Patrol commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said police were disappointed with continued mobile phone use behind the wheel.
“Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive is just not getting through,” he said.
“In a single day, officers issued more than 1,000 infringements to people who made the selfish choice to use their phone while driving.
“It is also disturbing to see so many vehicles that are not roadworthy still out on our roads, putting drivers and other innocent road users at risk.
“We have already lost 354 lives on NSW roads this year and the greatest tragedy is that many deaths were avoidable if people took responsibility for their actions and for the maintenance of the vehicles they are driving.”
In August, theNewcastle HeraldreportedHunter motorists forked out nearly $13,000 a week for mobile phone related offences.
At the time, aHeraldroadside survey revealed alarming mobile phone use on Link Road, Jesmond,and the Pacific Highway, at Highfields.
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