In the Riverina Police District alone there have been eight fatalities this year, and a police operation is targeting unsafe behaviour to make sure that number does not rise.
Since Operation Chrome began in May, it has led to 1811 random breath tests and 49 random drug tests, resulting in 27 charges and 142 traffic infringement notices in the Riverina.
It brings together police officers from multiple sectors, not just highway patrol to tackle the issues.
In the last 10 weeks, the RPD has also conducted more than 20,000 RBTs outside of the operation.
Inspector Peter McLay said they are targeting road trauma, and making sure people who are drug or alcohol-affected are off the streets.
During a visit to Wagga, Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott took the opportunity to join police on the beat enforcing road safety as part of Operation Chrome.
"Road trauma, particularly in regional areas, can tear communities and families apart," he said.
"Unfortunately this year we have seen an increase in the number of road-related deaths.
"In the Riverina Police District alone there have been eight fatalities this year."
Mr Elliott said Wagga police have a fantastic reputation when it comes to looking after the community.
Wagga MP Joe McGirr said fatalities take a toll on the community, and Operation Chrome is crucial to trying to prevent any more.
"These sorts of operations can actually lead to progress in a range of areas in terms of community safety," he said.
"We are getting an extra six officers here, but I think we need more than that, and I have had that discussion today."