Police start Easter road blitz at midnight
DOUBLE demerit points for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences will begin at midnight tonight.
NSW Police launched its annual Easter long-weekend operation, vowing to enforce road safety for the safety of motorists with Operation Tortoise.
The increased demerit points will be enforced until midnight on Monday night.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher said motorists heading away this long-weekend need to be vigilant on the road and to be wary of other drivers.
"The Easter holiday period has been a particularly tragic time of year," Minister Gallacher said.
"Over the past 10 years, 53 fatal crashes have occurred on our roads taking the lives of 60 people.
"Road trauma leaves nothing but destruction and devastation in its wake and that's not what we want to see this long weekend.
"Police will be out in force conducting Operation Tortoise and penalising motorists doing the wrong thing but drivers also need to take responsibility and take care on the road."
The do's and don'ts of driving this Easter include:
- Do check your vehicle is roadworthy;
- Do wear a seatbelt;
- Don't drink and drive;
- Do drive to the weather and road conditions;
- Don't exceed the speed limit;
- Don't talk on your mobile phone; and,
- Do take regular breaks and minimise distractions.