A MAN is in a critical condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital after a single-vehicle crash on King Island yesterday.
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The man crashed into a power pole on North Road, Currie, about 7am.

He suffered head injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital were he was last night in a critical but stable condition.

Police said preliminary investigations suggested alcohol and fatigue were contributing factors.

Operation Crossroads, a national initiative set to target drink and drug-driving, speeding and other road offences, saw police clamp and confiscate three vehicles, book 32 drink-drivers and catch 114 motorists speeding.

By 9am yesterday Tasmania Police had breath-tested 7229 people, issued 230 traffic infringement notices and booked 27 people for licence offences, such as driving while disqualified.

Northern District Acting Inspector Andrew Keane said police were generally pleased with the road figures, but it was still important that people took care on the roads.

“The way it’s looking so far, hopefully we’ll reach that zero death toll,” he said

“It’s better to arrive somewhere 10 minutes or even half-an-hour late than not arrive there at all.”

State traffic co-ordinator Inspector Mark Beech-Jones said that one of the most concerning incidents was the charging of a 16-year-old girl with multiple driving offences in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He said the teenager had driven a car into a fence outside a property at Sandy Bay about 12.50am on Saturday.

Inspector Beech-Jones said the girl returned an alcohol reading of .093 and will be dealt with through the Youth Justice system.

Operation Crossroads will continue across the state until January 3.

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