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Traffic police boss asks for calm in homeward migration

Police ask for common sense and good behaviour on t6he roads as the holiday return migration hits top gear.
Police ask for common sense and good behaviour on t6he roads as the holiday return migration hits top gear. Trevor Veale

SENIOR highway patrol police are concerned with drivers becoming impatient while heading home from their festive season break.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said many were making a return journey this weekend to start work in the coming week.

There's a wish to avoid last weekend's Pacific Highway chaos.

An above-average number of vehicles making the northern migration - many heading to a music festival in Byron Bay - coupled with roadworks, heavy rain and a rise in speeding drivers, caused numerous problem areas.

"The 'she'll be right' attitude is so prevalent in the Australian culture but it doesn't belong on the road," AC Hartley said.

"Complacent drivers are the ones who are placing themselves and their passengers at risk of being in a crash.

"Plan your trip home and remember to be patient as there will be delays and factor in additional time.

"If you do become stuck in traffic, don't try and take opportunities that aren't there to take."

AC Hartley also appealed to passengers to speak up and talk to their driver if they saw them behaving inappropriately.

Operation Safe Arrival, the state's Christmas-New Year road safety campaign, runs until 11.59pm on Sunday.

Double demerits are in place for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

Topics:  assistant commissioner john hartley double demerits operation safe arrival pacific highway traffic



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