Police remind those leaving Bathurst 1000 to drive safely

Date: Oct 08, 2012

Today marks the end of an exciting and action-packed weekend in Bathurst, the location of the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

As many attendees get into their cars to make the drive home, police would like to remind motorists to exercise caution behind the wheel.

Although police encouraged people to leave their cars at home and take public transport, many people still drove, therefore the roads are likely to be congested.

People should expect delays, especially along the Great Western Highway and the Bells Line of Road.

It is expected that tens of thousands of motorists will be pouring out of Bathurst, so people are urged to adjust their speed appropriately and drive to the conditions.

Over one hundred traffic infringement notices were issued over the weekend, as well as 20 traffic charges.

Officers will continue to patrol the roads in larger numbers than usual until the end of the day, putting an end to Operation Astron, a high visibility campaign designed to enforce the law and help to ensure safety over the event weekend.

“Both marked and unmarked police cars are patrolling all major roads and back streets, so don’t take the risk because you will be caught,” Operation Astron commander Geoff McKechnie said in a statement.

“Dangerous driving will also not be tolerated.”

Holiday periods and event weekends often increase the risk of fatal car accidents occurring, which is one of the reasons why police try to maintain a high presence on the roads.

Those travelling today may like to know that there are compensation lawyers in Sydney who can help you make a claim should you be involved in an accident.

You may be eligible for compensation if someone else is to blame for the crash, for example if they were speeding or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

To date there have been relatively few incidents and police have praised the Bathurst attendees – close to 210,000 – for their good behaviour.

Assistant commissioner McKechnie said that he was pleased to see that Operation Astron made a difference.

“The aim of the operation was to provide a fun, safe and family-friendly environment for everyone attending. The fact this trend has not only continued but has increased significantly this year is testament to the high-visibility policing we have provided,” he said.

 

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