118 people in NSW have died as a result of road crashes in the first 135 days of 2020.

Despite restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19 and reduced road use, road trauma continues to be a critical issue in our community.

The first weekend under easing lockdown restrictions in NSW saw a spike in critical injuries and deaths on our roads with three deaths and another three in a critical condition after four separate incidents.

In good news, the Australian Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has reported a 41.5% drop in road fatalities in NSW during March this year compared to the same period last year, in the main attributable to traffic restrictions and reduced traffic during the pandemic.

That said, according to Professor Max Cameron from Monash University Accident Research Centre, less congested roads present an opportunity for higher speeds, meaning the accidents that do occur are likely to be more serious.

In response to this NSW Police recently launched an operation targeting speeding and dangerous driving across NSW during the COVID-19 lockdown.

During the operation, a total of 2703 speeding infringement notices were issued across the state.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said "To have 2703 drivers detected speeding on our roads in a single day is shocking and needs to change."