Double demerits for road safety this long weekend

DOUBLE demerit points are in force from tonight as NSW Police urges motorists to remain alert during the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Operation Stay Alert, the police traffic operation, starts at 12.01am (Friday, June 5) and runs until 11.59pm on Monday night (June 8).

Coffs-Clarence Senior Constable Scott Jackson said while the Queen's Birthday long weekend tended to be quieter than other holiday periods, he urged motorists to exercise caution.

"Traffic police from this region will be out in force," he said.

"Drivers should plan ahead and take plenty of breaks when taking long car journeys.

"Early warning signs of driver fatigue can include things like yawning, drowsiness, boredom and a loss in concentration.

"Make sure you look out for these early warning signs and don't set out if you are tired."

Crash statistics have shown that during holiday periods, the risk of having an accident increased severely due to the higher volume of vehicles on our roads.

During the same operation last year, nearly 3000 breath-tests were conducted on NSW roads resulting in 25 people charged with drink-driving offences.

140 infringement notices were issued for speeding and other offences.



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