Operation Go Slow in force this weekend

Photo: FILE

Photo: FILE

Police are urging motorists to take it easy behind the wheel over the Anzac Day long weekend and conclusion of school holidays.

The message is accompanied by the enforcement of Operation Go Slow which commenced at 12.01am this morning.

Motorists will have extra reason to follow the rules during the operation which comes with double demerits for speeding, mobile phones, seatbelt, and motorcycle-helmet offences. 

Officers will have a highly-visible presence on the roads during the operation aimed to reduce fatalities, with the state total soaring to 100 deaths in 2017. 

NSW Minister for Police and Minister Emergency Services, Troy Grant said road users need to act with responsibility on NSW roads.

“We encourage people to get out and enjoy all NSW has to offer this long weekend, but to act responsibly and considerately on our roads,” Minister Grant said.

“No police officer should have to face a roadside tragedy, and no family member should have to get that devastating phone call or knock on their front door.”

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the rate of people booked over the Easter long weekend indicates many don’t care about endangering the lives of others.

“One-hundred people have already died on our roads this year, while we can’t take back those lives that have been lost, we can prevent more deaths on our roads,” he said.

Operation Go Slow commenced at 12.01am today and continues until 11.59pm on Tuesday, April 25.

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