NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione and Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley today issued warning to drivers, announcing a two week, high profile, state wide traffic blitz over the Easter long weekend, Anzac Day long weekend and school holidays.
Commissioner Hartley said “we will put every resource available into ensuring that families get to and from their holiday destinations safely”.
There will be two separate police operations. The traditional Easter campaign, Operation Tortoise, commenced today and will run until midnight on Monday 21 April 2014. Operation Go Slow starts at midnight on Wednesday 23 April 2014 and runs until midnight on Sunday 27 April 2014.
Double demerits will be in force for speeding, seatbelt and motorbike helmet offences over the holiday period.
107 people have died on our roads this year, up from 89 deaths for the same period last year. 8 people were killed on the roads during the same holiday period in 2013.
Whilst road fatalities have fallen to a record low in 2013, Commissioner Scipione warned that “although a reduction in fatalities was encouraging, the community needed to remain vigilant and exhibit safe driving practices”.