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Plea for motorists to stay safe over long weekend

NSW Police are warning motorists to stay safe over the Queen's Birthday long weekend to avoid a repeat of the carnage on the roads last year.

As a response of the number of car accidents and fatalities in 2013, state police are conducting 'Operation Stay Alert' which begins at 12.01am (Friday 6 June 2014) and runs until 11.59pm on Monday night (9 June 2014).

Six people were killed in crashes over last year's Queen Birthday weekend.  2013's figure was significantly higher than in 2012 when two people lost their lives. To address this increase, NSW Police have launched this operation.

According to Transport for NSW, there has been 147 deaths on state roads in 2014. This illustrates a 10 per cent increase at the same point last year.

In order to address this, police will target motorists who exhibit the five most common dangerous behaviours on the road. This includes speeding, drugs/alcohol, fatigue, using electronic devices and not wearing seatbelts.

There will also be added incentive to drive safely with police issuing double demerits for all speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences over the weekend.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said state roads will be busier than usual with holiday makers enjoying the weekend, which makes it crucial that motorists adhere to basic traffic laws.

"Last year's long weekend was a tragic time that saw not only fatal car crashes, but a pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist tragically killed, making it quite clear that road trauma does not discriminate." she said.

"Make it your priority to be aware of the five factors that can lead to a serious or even deadly crash, and ensure you don't take risks."

NSW Police Minister Stuart Ayres said there will be a high police presence on all major roads to ensure everyone makes it to their destination safely.

"Everyone needs to plan ahead to stay alert on the roads, ensuring their behaviour does not place themselves or others at risk," he said.

"We do not want to see a repeat of last year's tragic outcomes."

NSW car accident compensation

If you are involved in a car accident in NSW and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.

It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advise about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.

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