Stationary roadside breath and drug tests are being re-introduced ahead of the June long-weekend, with double demerits coming into force on Friday.
NSW Police and the Berejiklian government announced on Wednesday that roadside testing would resume across the state this week, after they were shelved in March because of possible health risks related to the pandemic.
Double demerits for speeding, driving while using a phone, helmet, and seatbelt offences will apply from Friday to Monday inclusive.
Head of highway patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, pleaded with the community to drive safely as people get on the move in the wake of a wave of restrictions being relaxed.
"However, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel and flagrantly flout the law," he said.
"The road rules have not changed, and we make no apologies for stopping selfish road users whose irresponsible driving put themselves and others at risk."
Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said the region's roads would be a major focus for police.
"With the lifting of restrictions on people being able to move around the state, we expect our roads to be far busier than what we have found over recent months," he said.
"Of course with that comes the concern about increased fatalities, particularly alcohol-related fatalities."
Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said this week that senior traffic police across the region had told him speeding offences had been "an ongoing concern" even while the coronavirus lock-down was in place.
"It is a time for everyone to take check ... [and] make sure we all follow the road rules. Particularly with licensed venues being open we don't want to see a spike in alcohol-related offences either - driving our cars [over the legal limit] and so forth," he said.
NSW police minister David Elliott said the winding back of restrictions on licensed venues and travel to regional areas meant proactive drug and alcohol testing of drivers needed to return.
"With the easing of restrictions on travel and going out to support restaurants and pubs ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the community is understandably itching to return to some form of normalcy," he said.
"Irresponsible or reckless behaviour that endangers others will not be tolerated - there's no excuse for not abiding by the road rules."
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