Double demerits will start from midnight tonight, running until the end of Monday across NSW for the Australia Day long weekend.
Operation 'Safe Return' will see more highly visible Police on country NSW roads, with the clear message that "you'll see us coming".
Coffs Clarence Road Policing spokesperson, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said that officers will be targeting behaviour that affects road safety.
“Our district police officers will be working collaboratively with officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol in targeting driver behaviour that affects and reduces road safety", he said.
The driver behaviour that is being targeted includes:
Excessive or Inappropriate speed,
Alcohol / drug Driving
Non-wearing of Occupant restraints / helmets
Distractions (Mobile phone, etc)
According to Detective Inspector Jameson, each of these have shown to raise the risk to road users, and caused fatal or serious injury crashes.
“Our aim to to ensure that all road users safely reach their destinations over the long weekend, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that we don’t engage in poor judgement or behaviour whilst driving. Stop it or cop it".
The clear message from Coffs Clarence Police is to take personal responsibility.
“So remember: If you drink, don’t drive; take regular breaks whilst driving; don’t use drugs, particularly when driving; wear seatbelts; and don’t use your mobile phone whilst driving - no message or social media post is worth taking someones life".