Police warn of long-weekend dangers after on-road fatalities

POLICE are urging drivers to take better care during Monday's public holiday after lives were lost across three states at the weekend.

A man in his 20s and two teenagers were among the long weekend fatalities.

In Queensland, A 14-year-old died after he was hit by a car at Russell Island.

The teenage skateboarder was riding on Centre Road when he was hit late Saturday.

Further south, a 15-year-old girl died after being thrown from a car near Bathurst while a 21-year-old male passenger from the same car was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries.

The body of another 21-year-old male was discovered at the scene of a crash at Binnaway, near Coolah early Sunday morning.

Police believe the young man was not wearing a seat belt.

A 66-year-old South Australian woman was also killed when the car she was driving collided with a livestock truck at Northfield on Saturday.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Stuart Smith said it was disappointing to see the number of drivers being caught for speeding, reiterating once again that "it's better to arrive late than not arrive at all".

"Over the Queen's birthday long weekend, we put every available resource into ensuring that families go to and from their destinations safely," Comm Smith said "I'm urging those who are still making their way home from holidays to take simple safety steps both before leaving and during their trips."

Extra highway patrols will remain in force across the country until midnight Monday.

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