NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is encouraging the region’s motorists to stay alert this long weekend and take care on the roads.
Mr Marshall said an increase in traffic is expected as friends and families make the most of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
“This weekend not only will you find more motorists on our roads, but you will also see extra police officers on patrol and conducting random breath and drug testing,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Operation Stay Alert road safety campaign begins tomorrow and runs until 11.59pm on Monday, and I urge motorists to drive safely and responsibly to avoid accidents.
“I want community members to enjoy their long weekends with loved ones and not let speed, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, distractions and not wearing a seatbelt ruin not only the holiday break but also their life.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police, Troy Grant, said too many lives are unnecessarily lost on our roads.
“As a former police officer I have seen too many accidents, particularly on country roads, which simply could have been avoided. I have comforted families left devastated as a result of speed, alcohol or drugs and fatigue. The message is simple, obey the road rules and drive to the conditions,” Mr Grant said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is focused on road safety and has delivered 100 additional officers and a further 50 vehicles fitted with better technology including front and rear car cameras, Automatic Numberplate Recognition and speed enforcement systems.
“Make no mistake; those who do the wrong thing and put lives at risk will be prosecuted by police.”
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said operations like this saved lives.
“We know double demerits are an effective road safety initiative – we’ve reduced deaths on our roads during holiday periods by a third since they were introduced,” Mr Gay said.
“I encourage motorists to take extra care on our roads during the long weekend – don’t take risks and arrive to their destination safely.
“Double demerit points will be in force and apply for all speeding, seat belt and motorcycle helmet offences during this period.”