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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Be ‘patient’ on NSW roads over long weekend

Police are encouraging Hunter motorists to “be patient” over the long weekend, with roads across the state expected to be busy with travellers.

Officers will be stationed across NSW for Operation Queen’s Birthday 2021 between midnight (Thursday 10 June) and 11.59pm (Monday 14 June).

Double demerit points will again be in force for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle/helmet offences.

Police are also continuing to target the Four Ds (Drink, Drug, Dangerous and Distracted driving) and are urging road users to report these offences.

Operation Commander Superintendent Stephen Hegarty said police were expecting roads to be busy with people travelling across NSW for the long weekend.

“Our message is to be patient and obey the road rules in all conditions,” he stated.

“There will be a number of cars on the road as people travel up and down the coast and inland, so we’re asking everyone to be extra careful.

“Slow down and drive to the conditions.

“We want everyone to reach their destinations safely and to enjoy the long weekend without tragedy.”

NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott MP said there was no excuse for any behaviour which endangered the lives of others.

“We want everyone to enjoy the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, but I urge you to do so safely,” he added.

“We do not want any fatalities on our roads.

“There is no excuse, when you flout the law you put the lives of others at risk.

“Celebrate safely, abide by the road rules and do not drink and drive.”

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance MP said just five kilometres over the speed limit could make a big difference when it came to stopping in time and not stopping at all.

“For everyone out on the road this long weekend, whether you are travelling far from home or just around the corner, stick to the speed limit and drive safely to keep yourself and others safe,” he explained.

“It is great that we have already seen the number of speeding-related fatalities come down in the past five months, compared to the last three-year average, but we really need more people to think about their choices behind the wheel.”

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