Police are encouraging Hunter motorists to look out for each other while travelling on NSW roads over Easter, ahead of a state-wide campaign.
Easter Operation 2021 will begin at 12.01am on Thursday 1 April and continue until 11.59pm on Monday 5 April.
Double-demerit points are in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.
Officers will also be targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds: drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb is reminding road users to be extra careful, with NSW roads expected to be busy over the long weekend.
“With COVID-19 restricting travel last Easter, we expect people to take full advantage of being able to holiday across NSW and interstate this year,” she said.
“We want you to enjoy our beautiful state, but please drive carefully, particularly where roads may be unfamiliar.
“At the heart of our policing is always public safety.
“We want all of you to arrive at your destination and enjoy Easter with loved ones.”
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there was no excuse for bad behaviour on our roads over the holiday period.
“Many communities throughout the state are still dealing with the effects of devastating flooding and it is important nobody adds to the heartache,” he stated.
“Double-demerit points are in force for a reason and police officers will be stationed across NSW targeting high-risk behaviour.”
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance is urging drivers to slow down this weekend and plan trips in advance.
“Almost half of all fatalities on our roads last year involved excessive speeding, and each one of those deaths was preventable,” he said.
“Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you’re well rested and if you’ve been drinking or have taken drugs, don’t drive.”
Motorists should plan their trip in advance using www.livetraffic.com or by visiting the SES website.