While many NSW residents are packing up their homes and getting ready to enjoy the long Labour Day weekend, police officers across the state are preparing for a busy few days of work.
There will be an increased police presence on the roads from 12:00 today (Friday September 28) through until 23:59 on Monday evening.
This high visibility campaign occurs annually, with the intent of keeping road users safe by enforcing the law and issuing penalties for those who are driving illegally.
Double demerit points will also be in place, as an extra incentive for people to slow down and obey the road rules – even if they are in a rush.
“We are pleading with motorists to slow down, drive carefully and abide by the road rules,” said NSW Police Force’s deputy commissioner of field operations, Nick Kaldas.
In 2012, nearly 300 people have already died in fatal car accidents, putting this year’s road toll 38 higher than in 2011.
“It’s too late for those who have already lost their lives due to senseless crashes, but it’s not too late for you,” Mr Kaldas asserted.
“The long weekend is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends. When you are out on the road, obey the law, drive carefully and get to your destination safely.”
Mr Kaldas said that the same advice applies for parents who will be travelling more than usual due to the end of school holidays next week.
He urged people to remember that the safety of their families is paramount.
“There is nothing more precious than one’s family – make sure you get them back from school holidays safe and sound.”
NSW police shared some safety tips for those who will be driving this weekend, which included sticking to the speed limit, taking regular rest breaks, planning the trip in advance and ensuring everyone is wearing a seatbelt.
They also said that people should not under any circumstance drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or use a handheld mobile device while behind the wheel.
Superintendent Stuart Smith said: “If you choose to break the law by speeding, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt or engaging in any other form of reckless behaviour, we will catch you.”
Before you head away on holiday, you may like to be aware of your rights should you be involved in a car accident.
In some cases, if another party has been negligent, you may be eligible for compensation.