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Police warn double demerit points, 4D’s, this Easter

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Easter Operation 2024 launched on Thursday morning, ahead of what Police are hoping will be an incident-free long weekend.

Road users are being asked to look out for each other while travelling on NSW roads this Easter Long Weekend, ahead of a state-wide police presence.

The operation will begin at 12.01am Thursday 28 March 2024, and run until 11:59pm on Monday 1 April 2024.

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.

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Seven people lost their lives during the Easter long weekend in 2023 with a total of 14,564 traffic infringement notices issued for speeding, a further 326 people were charged for drink-driving offences, while 311 people were issued infringements for mobile phone usage.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden, said police will be saturating roads across the state for the five-day operation to ensure the safety of all road users.

“We want all of you to arrive safely at your destination and enjoy the Easter long weekend with loved ones, so we are asking every person who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle or hops on a motorcycle, to be responsible and do everything they can to keep themselves, their passengers and other road users safe.”

“Those selfish individuals who think they can blatantly disregard the road rules and put the broader community at risk are on notice.

“Make no mistake that our police will be out and about this long weekend – including on major road networks and on local streets – to stop those doing the wrong thing,” Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.

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