Road Policing Commander's message

Commander Matt Hollamby has responsibility for the Road Policing Command. This includes Traffic Units in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs and Major Crash Investigation Units in Darwin and Alice Springs.

NT Police are committed to working with our road safety partners and the vision of our Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan is a safer road transport system where no person is seriously injured or killed. Our focus is on reducing serious injury crashes and road related trauma across the NT.

During the month of June 2019, 2 people died on NT roads and both were single vehicle rollovers on regional roads. As at the end of May there has been 15 lives lost on our roads compared to 28 for the same period last year. Last year, 50 people died on NT roads but the road toll is more than a numerical target or assessment. It does not count the number of people who were injured, some of whom will never recover from those injuries. It does not count the number of family and friends who will grieve forever and struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one. It equally does not count the psychological trauma caused to survivors, families, first responders (including police, fire and ambulance officers) and witnesses. 

The aim of NT Police is to deliver road safety education, awareness, deterrence and enforcement with a view to preventing serious injury and fatal crashes.  The difference between a fatal crash and not crashing at all can sometimes be measured in millimetres or milliseconds. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility including the people in our community. It extends beyond drivers, riders and pedestrians to include caring for our family, friends and acquaintances who may ultimately become a ‘statistic.’ 

Some statistical data from 2018 that may help people understand why we target and focus on what we do includes:

  • 38% of fatalities were alcohol related.
  • 26% of fatalities were speed related.
  • 26% of people who died were not wearing a seatbelt.
  • 80% of fatalities occurred in rural areas.
  • 58% of fatalities occurred in single vehicle rollovers.
  • 22% of fatalities were pedestrians.   

Some of the alarming behaviours detected during June 2019 include:

  • A road policing operation during the Finke Desert Race weekend was conducted and 3801 drivers were tested. 18 drivers tested positive to alcohol and 13 drivers tested positive to driving under the influence of drugs. Alarmingly, one was a commercial bus driver operating a bus at the time of his apprehension.
  • In Katherine, a disqualified driver was apprehended with 5 unrestrained children in his vehicle. NT Police continue to target the main causal factors of fatal and serious injury crashes. These include impaired driving (due to alcohol and drugs,) speeding and not wearing seatbelts with a focus on rural roads. Our overarching vision is a safer road transport system where no person is seriously injured or killed and we all have a role to play in achieving it.

NT Police continue to target the main causal factors of fatal and serious injury crashes. These include impaired driving (due to alcohol and drugs,) speeding and not wearing seatbelts with a focus on rural roads. Our overarching vision is a safer road transport system where no person is seriously injured or killed and we all have a role to play in achieving it.