NSW Police on the Far North Coast are preparing for Operation Tortoise, the state’s Easter long-weekend road safety operation, which starts at 12:01am on Thursday 18 April 2019, running until 11:59am on Monday 22 April 2019, with double demerits in force.
The message this Easter long weekend is if you are on the road and you are tired – you shouldn’t be driving.
Police will be targeting all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.
Far North Region Traffic Tactician, Inspector Peter Mcmenamin, said people travelling to the Far North Coast should expect traffic delays over the long weekend.
“With the Easter long weekend and Anzac Day holiday close together this year, we’re expecting more cars on the road which will cause delays along major arterial and feeder roads, so allow additional travel time to your trip,” Insp Mcmenamin said.
“Fatigue-related crashes are one of the biggest killers on NSW roads and it’s important drivers get a good night’s sleep and plan ahead before they get on the road.
“Driving while tired increases your risk of being involved in a crash that could have fatal consequences for you, your family or other road users, so taking regular breaks on long trips could be lifesaving.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said police will be out in force ensuring motorists obey speed limits.
“This is an exciting time of year when families get together and enjoy themselves. We want everyone to have a great time during the break.
Double demerits will return on 24 April 2019 until 11:59pm 28 April 2019 as part of Operation Go Slow during Anzac Day.