Police operations a timely reminder for motorists vigilance

Police operations target driving offences this Easter long weekend and Anzac Day public holidays.
Police operations target driving offences this Easter long weekend and Anzac Day public holidays.

Driving offences this Easter long-weekend and Anzac Day public holidays will attract double demerit points.

Operation Tortoise, the state's Easter long-weekend road safety operation will start at 12.01am on Thursday, April 18 and will run until 11.59pm on Monday, April 22.

NSW Police will be targeting speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle/helmet offences.

While Operation Go Slow will run across the Anzac Day public holidays, this operation will start at 12.01am Wednesday, April 24 and will run until 11.59pm on Sunday, April 28.

"This acts as a timely reminder ahead of the public holidays for people to maintain vigilance on the road," Local Highway Patrol Sergeant, Stephen Pidgeon said.

Southern Region Traffic Tactician, Chief Inspector Greg Lynch, said police in southern NSW will continue to maintain a strong presence on rural feeder roads that lead to main arterial routes such as the Hume, Princes, Federal, Sturt and Olympic highways.

Drivers are being cautioned about the dangers of overtaking on unfamiliar rural and regional roads.

"We know driving long distances on single-lane roads can be frustrating and tiresome, especially behind slower vehicles, but motorists are reminded not to make dangerous overtaking decisions which could have tragic consequences.

"Drivers travelling on regional and rural roads should also be prepared for the unexpected - such as wildlife that moves at dawn and dusk," Chief Inspector Lynch said.

Motorists are being reminded to be aware of the warning signs of fatigue and to never risk getting behind the wheel if alcohol is involved.

"If you're travelling over the next week make sure you plan ahead, get a good night's sleep, drive to the conditions, stick to the speed limit and never ever risk driving if there's a chance you could be affected by drugs or alcohol," Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said

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