Yass and Crookwell Police will target roads' risk-takers this weekend

Drivers can expect to see more police targeting risky road behaviours on back roads and highways in Yass Valley and Upper Lachlan Shire this weekend.

Local police and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be working together to launch Operation Chrome, running from Friday May 17 to Saturday May 18.

The operation aims to reduce road trauma and save lives on rural roads.

Don't risk it: Local police and Highway Patrol will target rural roads and highways in Yass Valley and Upper Lachlan Shire on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.

Don't risk it: Local police and Highway Patrol will target rural roads and highways in Yass Valley and Upper Lachlan Shire on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.

There have been two fatalities in Yass Valley and 148 in New South Wales so far, this year.

A truck driver died in a fiery crash after colliding with another truck near Gunning on April 23. The next day, April 24, a motorcyclist crashed and died on Nottingham Road Bridge at Wee Jasper.

Inspector Matthew Hinton of Yass and Crookwell Police Stations said drivers need to follow the road rules in order to keep themselves and others safe on our roads.

"Fatal crashes in our area don't only affect those involved, they impact our community and emergency service workers," he said.

"The Hume and Barton Highways will see increased patrols, however, don't be surprised to see police on local and back roads."

Inspector Hinton said reducing rural road trauma was a priority for police right across the state.

NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie said: "Our primary aim is to stop fatal crashes before they happen. To do that, we make no apologies for enforcing the road rules that are the biggest contributors to fatal crashes."

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility. If every driver or rider takes personal responsibility for their actions, it will save lives. It's that simple," he said.