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POLICE BLITZ BEGINS FOR LONG WEEKEND
Member for Monaro John Barilaro is reminding drivers in the Monaro to travel safely this long weekend, following the launch of Operation Slow Down.
The annual road safety enforcement operation started at 12.01am on Friday 4 October 2019 and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 7 October 2019.
Double demerits will be in place throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.
Mr Barilaro is warning drivers to take care with major thoroughfares in the region expected to busy.
“The Monaro and Kings Highway will both see heavy traffic this long weekend. The last thing we want to see is tragedy on our roads.
“Fatigue continues to be one of the biggest killers on our roads, so if you’re travelling long distances be sure to stop and take regular rest breaks,” Mr Barilaro said.
Mr Barilaro said drivers also needed to stop and think about the impact of their behaviour on other road users.
“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, not wearing a seat belt or getting distracted could have devastating consequences – so don’t risk your life, or the lives of others, over something stupid,” Mr Barilaro said.
“If you’re enjoying a drink with friends or family then don’t get behind the wheel. Have a ‘Plan B’ so you can make sure you and your loves ones get home safely.”
The NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Crash Investigation Unit will be out in force, with 1350 officers patrolling the state’s roads during the operation.