Extra police hit NSW roads ahead of Australia Day

Police have today launched a high-visibility traffic operation to keep road users safe across the state during Australia Day and for the remainder of the school holidays.

Operation Australia Day 2022 commenced at 00.01am today (Friday 21 January 2022) and will run until 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

While double demerits won’t apply during the operation, additional police will be deployed across both metropolitan and regional areas in NSW, to keep the community safe over the busy period.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police, Paul Toole, said the absence of double demerits isn’t an excuse for drivers to flout the rules.

“Police will take a zero-tolerance approach to road users endangering the lives of others through careless behaviour such as drink driving and speeding,” said Deputy Premier Toole.

“We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and enjoy Australia Day and the remainder of the holidays before school returns.

“In the spirt of Australia Day, let’s show comradery and look out for each other on our roads by slowing down, driving to the conditions, being patient, and not driving under the influence.”

Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Hegarty said the Australia Day operation has been extended this year to cover the days leading up to school returning.

“We are expecting roads across the state to be busy as people celebrate Australia Day and families return from travel destinations ahead of the start of school early next month,” Assistant Commissioner Hegarty said.

“Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be targeting everything from drinking and drug driving to speeding and fatigue, in a bid to keep you and your loved ones safe.

“But we need your help – if you see anyone breaking the rules and endangering lives, please report it to Crime Stoppers and police will investigate,” AC Hegarty said.

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said it was important anyone travelling over coming days takes extra care on our roads.

“It’s a good idea before you get on the road to visit livetraffic.com to plan your trip and check for any delays that might be happening along your planned route,” Mrs Ward said.

“There are also a number of simple measures you can take to help keep yourself and other road users safe. Make sure you are well rested, give yourself plenty of time so you aren’t rushing to get where you need to be, and never drive if you’re affected by drugs or alcohol.”

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