Prepare for delays on Christmas road trip police warn, NSW

Delays on your Christmas road trip are inevitable, and police are encouraging drivers travelling to the state’s far north to factor extra time into Christmas road trip planning , NSW Police say

Operation Safe Arrival, the Christmas/New Year road safety enforcement operation, starts at 12.01am tomorrow (Friday 21 December 2018) and concludes at 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

Double demerits will be in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

During the 2017/2018 Operation Safe Arrival period, 10 lives were lost in crashes on northern NSW roads.

Far North Region Traffic Tactician, Inspector Peter McMenamin said police would focus on main and backroads leading to key coastal areas such as Grafton and Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree/Foster and the Gold Coast

“In particular I would like to encourage our overseas visitors to take some time and get to know our road rules and the laws surrounding drink driving,” Insp McMenamin said

“What we want to do is combat the belief that you can have a few drinks in a small community and not be pulled over for a RBT.”

Insp McMenamin said delays on long journeys are inevitable and people should factor additional time into their planning process.

“When people were impatient they sometimes took risks in their vehicles that placed them, and their loved ones, more at risk of being in a crash.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said it wasn’t worth taking the risk this holiday season.

“With Christmas and New Year just days away, there are plenty of people out on the roads enjoying celebrations and travelling to see friends and family,” Minister Pabey said.

“If you’re one of them, make sure you plan, get a good night’s sleep, drive to the conditions, stick to the speed limit and never ever risk driving if there’s a chance you could be affected by drugs or alcohol.

Motorists are also being reminded that from 17 September 2018 an extra demerit point was added to the penalty for illegally using a mobile phone while driving. This will add an additional two demerit points in double demerit periods resulting in a total of 10 demerit points for this offence.

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