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Hunter drivers urged to be cautious over Anzac Day weekend


Recently-appointed Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Yasmin Catley is urging Hunter drivers to be cautious over the Anzac Day weekend.

And, with increased traffic expected to hit the roads, a new campaign will launch at 12.01am on Friday 21 April, with double demerit points in place until 11.59pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Operation Anzac Day 2023 coincides with the end of the school break and the public holiday, which acknowledges our servicemen and women.

It follows the recent Easter long weekend crusade, which resulted in more than 5,000 speed infringements while 326 PCA charges were laid across the state.

Tragically, seven people lost their lives during the operation.

“Anzac Day is about honouring our wonderful armed forces and veterans,” said Ms Catley, the Swansea MP.

“So, we want everyone to arrive safely.

“In the spirit of Anzac Day, let’s show camaraderie and look out for each other on our roads by slowing down, driving to the conditions, being patient and not driving under the influence.”

The high-visibility policing operation will involve general duties officers, assisted by specialist police, including the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Mounted Unit, PolAir, Licensing Police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Police Transport Command.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner Tracy Chapman said police would target high-risk behaviours such as excessive speed, alcohol and drug driving offences, illegal use of mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.

“The goal is preventing injury and death,” she stated.

“Sadly this year, 109 people have died on NSW roads – a concerning increase of 12 deaths compared to this time in 2022.

“Fatigue is a major contributor to road crashes, but police cannot take action against fatigue in the same way we would enforce something like speeding.

“So, we have to rely on the public to do the right thing.

“A split-second’s inattention caused by fatigue can be catastrophic, so we urge drivers to plan their trips carefully, take regular breaks, and never get behind the wheel if they feel too tired to drive.

“We remain committed to ensuring public safety over the Anzac Day weekend.

“So, we’re asking all motorists to do their part as well – especially as we expect more cars on our roads with school holidays coming to an end.”

Also, school zones will return from Monday 24 April.

Check the Live Traffic NSW App for the latest updates before you head off and give yourself plenty of travel time.

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