Heavy traffic is being reported on the Pacific Highway this afternoon, however the opening of the Kempsey bypass and new sections at Buladelah have eased congestion.
Heavy traffic is being reported on the Pacific Highway this afternoon, however the opening of the Kempsey bypass and new sections at Buladelah have eased congestion. Brett Wortman

Police call for calm and patience on busy roads

NSW Police are reminding motorists to slow down and take care on our roads today as many families start their journey home at the end of the long weekend.

The annual Easter traffic blitz, 'Operation Tortoise', concludes at 23.59pm on Monday and officers will continue to patrol roads and major highways to ensure drivers are obeying the road rules.

Superintendent Dave Evans from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said motorists needed to ensure they remained patient and drove to the road conditions.

"Drivers need to remain extra vigilant on the roads as the holiday weekend draws to a close, with a large number of people expected to start their journeys home today.

"People need to ensure they are well rested before starting out, but when on the roads need to drive to the road conditions and remain patient with other drivers as well as in traffic.

"Highway Patrol officers are out their ensuring drivers have listened to our warnings, but the most important thing is that drivers and families arrive home safely and in one piece," Supt. Evans said.
 

Results from Day4 of Operation Tortoise
 
Police issued 1623 infringement notices (not speed) and 976 for speeding
Officers completed 45,134 breath tests with 116 people caught drink driving
More than 70 major crashes reported in 24 hours with 28 people injured
This weekend there have been 550 major crashes with 185 people injured 


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