DOUBLE demerit points apply during a police crackdown on bad driving behaviour during the NSW long weekend.
Operation Slow Down, which started at midnight, runs until the end of the state’s Labour Day weekend at midnight on Monday.
Albury highway patrol’s Sgt Matt Zemaitis said police would saturate back roads, the freeway and main streets.
He said all irresponsible driving, including drink and drug driving, using mobile phones, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt, was in police sights.
Sgt Zemaitis said it was all about ensuring drivers got through the long weekend safely.
“There’s extra traffic on the road. It’s also school holidays. We want people to get to where they’re going and returning from their holidays safely.
“The message is slow down, plan your trip and, if you are feeling tired, take regular breaks.
“We don’t want to have to attend accident scenes and then deliver tragic news to loved ones because of irresponsible behaviour on the roads.
“It’s the last thing emergency services want to do.”
Sgt Zemaitis said double demerit points applied for speeding and seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.
He asked Border residents planning to drive this weekend to plan their trips.
“Plan your trip. Take regular breaks. If you are going to drink, don’t bother driving because police are out in force, not only on the main streets but all the back roads,” he said.
Three people lost their lives in NSW during last year’s long weekend.
Another 170 people were injured in 544 major crashes.
Police stopped 4080 drivers for speeding and 154 were charged for drink driving.