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Drivers urged to be safe this Easter long weekend


Hunter drivers will need to be on their best behaviour this Easter long weekend as police are setting their sights on reckless decisions behind the wheel.

Drink driving is the major focus of their road safety operation but patrolling officers will be on the lookout for anything.

Tragically, seven people across the state lost their lives during the 2021 Easter break and more than 300 people were caught under the influence of alcohol.

Easter Operation 2022 will see a highly visible police traffic operation throughout the region with a focus on reducing road fatalities and trauma.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn said a significant number of police resources will be dedicated to road safety throughout the five-day operation.

“The number of people who blatantly disregarded the road rules last year and put the broader community at risk was unacceptable,” he said.

“Make no mistake that our police will be out and about this weekend – including on major road networks and on local streets – to catch those doing the wrong thing.”

In addition to targeting drink driving, police will also be looking for drivers that are speeding, drug driving, not wearing seatbelts and are distracted by mobile phones.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole says everyone has a role to play to help keep the roads safe.

“We need to remember we’ve had extremely wet weather over recent weeks, and as the large-scale recovery operation to repair flood-damaged roads is underway, it’s crucial that drivers plan ahead for potential road closures and how that may impact journey times,” Mr Toole said.

“It is more important than ever to pay attention, drive to the conditions and be aware of speed limits because we don’t want to see families torn apart by the impacts of road accidents.

“Remember, every police car has the ability to conduct random breath tests, so don’t risk drinking and driving.”

Easter Operation 2022 will run until 11:59pm on Monday 18 April.

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