Don’t become a road statistic this weekend

NSW Police are calling for motorists to be vigilant and exercise caution ahead of an extra-busy long weekend on our roads.
Nanjing Night Net

Major sporting events including the NRL Grand Final, the end of the school holidays, and more people out and about in the warmer weather or heading away for the weekend, will form a ‘perfect storm,’ with large numbers of vehicles on the roads.

With these elements combined and busy roads expected, motorists are urged to be vigilant and plan ahead.

Police will launch Operation Slow Down, a high-visibility traffic operation, which will start after midnight Friday until 11.59pm on Monday, October 6.

Last year seven people died on NSW roads on the Labour Day long weekend.

Almost 5000 drivers were detected speeding and 399 were charged with drink-driving.

NSW Police Force, deputy commissioner Catherine Burn, said the need for vigilance was high this weekend.

“This long weekend marks the start of the busy run up to Christmas and the New Year; families returning from school holidays; as well as major sporting events across Sydney,” she said.

“We expect to see a large increase of motorists taking to the roads to enjoy these events and the warmer weather, however, this always brings an element of risk.

“Speed, tiredness, seatbelts, drink-driving and distraction – combined with more motorists on our roads can be deadly.

“Seven people lost their lives on the long weekend last year, the message is clear, slow down and remain vigilant to ensure we don’t repeat last year’s deadly weekend,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

As part of Operation Slow Down officers will be out in force conducting high-visibility patrols, random drug and alcohol testing, and speed enforcement across the state.

Double demerits will be in force for all speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences throughout this period.

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