Motorists across the Hunter are being urged to drive safely ahead of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The NSW Police Force has launched a new operation targeting reckless road users.
Operation Stay Alert – the state’s road safety enforcement operation – will be in place from midnight tonight (Friday 5 June) to 11.59pm on Monday 8 June.
Officers will be out in force targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, driving while fatigued, mobile phone, helmet and other traffic offences.
On Wednesday stationary Random Breath Test (RBT) and Roadside Drug Test (RDT) resumed following the easing of various restrictions, including increased patronage at licenced premises and higher traffic volumes on the state’s roads.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said double demerit points will be in effect during the high-visibility operation.
“Drivers can expect to see plenty of officers out on our streets, enforcing the road rules and ensuring that all road users reach their destination safely,” he said.
“And now with stationary RBT and RDT operational again alongside our mobile testing, there won’t be anywhere you can hide if you’ve consumed alcohol or prohibited drugs.
“So slow down, put your phone away and have a Plan B if you are consuming alcohol – otherwise, you’ll meet with one of our officers who will take the appropriate action.”
Anyone with information about dangerous driving behaviours is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its online reporting page.
Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.