NSW Police launch Operation Stay Alert over Queen's birthday long weekend

Police will be out in force this long weekend targeting poor driving behaviour, including speeding. Picture: Orlando Chiodo
Police will be out in force this long weekend targeting poor driving behaviour, including speeding. Picture: Orlando Chiodo

Fairfield motorists are urged to stay safe and slow down on the road this Queen’s birthday long weekend.

Double demerits come into effect from 12.01am on Friday, June 8 and will continue through until 11.59pm on Monday, June 11.

There will be an increased police presence on the state’s roads as part of the NSW Police’s Operation Stay Alert.

Police will target irresponsible driving behaviour, such as drink driving, being distracted, not using a seat belt and fatigue.

In 2018, 154 people have already died on NSW roads.

This figure is four more than at the same time last year.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, of the Traffic and Highway Command, said the vast majority of crashes could be avoided if road users obeyed the traffic rules.

Assistant Commissioner Corboy appealed to all motorists to slow down, abide by the traffic rules and drive to the conditions – especially with wet weather forecast.

“You will see more police presence on the roads and we will make no apologies for stopping road users who are doing the wrong thing and putting themselves and others at risk,” he said.

“You will be stopped and you will be fined.”

Police will have an increased presence on NSW roads this Easter long weekend. Picture: File

Police will have an increased presence on NSW roads this Easter long weekend. Picture: File

NSW Police have offered the following tips for staying safe on the roads this weekend:

  • Plan your route and take rest stops along the way
  • Drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and state laws.
  • To avoid fatigue, make sure you get a good night’s sleep and avoid driving after midnight. Plan to share the driving if you can.
  • Be aware of signs of fatigue: yawning, excessive blinking, bloodshot eyes. Pull over for a break in a safe place and take a nap - 20 minutes works best.
  • Have a plan B if you intend to drink alcohol - don’t get behind the wheel.
  • Always wear a seat belt. As a driver it is your responsibility to make sure every passenger in the car is buckled up.
  • Check your vehicle before driving - tyre tread and pressure, lights, breaks, engine oil, coolant and power steering fluid.