Stay safe on NSW roads this Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

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In the lead up to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the NSW Government is urging everyone to take extra care on the state’s roads.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said long weekends are a great opportunity to get away with family or friends, but we want everyone to arrive safely at their destination.

“With higher traffics volumes, poor weather and people driving in unfamiliar environments, there is an increased risk on our roads,” Mr Grant said.

“Each and every day our men and women in blue attend to motor vehicle incidents and witness the heartbreak of families who have lost a loved one on the road.

“Your family and friends will forgive you if you are late to an event, but the trauma of losing a loved one will remain with them forever.

“I urge drivers to follow the road rules this long weekend – they may just save your life.”

NSW Police will be cracking down on dangerous drivers this long weekend in a statewide high visibility enforcement operation called Operation Stay Alert.

Double demerits will be enforced by NSW Police from Friday 8 June until Monday 11 June 2018.

Friday 8 June is a publicly notified school day and therefore an extra demerit point will be issued for some offences committed in a school zone.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said 153 people have died on the State’s roads so far this year. I urge everyone to drive safe and help keep the road toll at zero this long weekend.

“We know speeding, driving tired and crashes on country roads increase during holiday periods so please slow down, take a rest and don’t touch your mobile phone.

“Think about how your actions affect the safety of yourself and others when you get behind the wheel this weekend.”

To stay safe:

·         plan your route and rest stops along the way

·         drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and state laws

·         be aware of signs of fatigue

·         have a Plan B if you intend to drink alcohol

·         always wear a seat belt.