MOTORISTS in the Bellingen Shire and across the State are urged to ‘Go Slow’ and remain patient ahead of the ANZAC Day long weekend and end of school holidays.
Already, 100 people have died on NSW roads this year. During Operation Go Slow, senior police are urging drivers to slow down.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said drivers need to slow down this weekend to avoid more tragic loss of life.
“We booked more than 7500 people during double demerits over the Easter long weekend. This indicates that many people simply don’t care about putting their own and others lives at risk,” Asst Comm Corboy said.
“For this reason, and this reason alone, you will see more police again out on our roads this weekend taking licences away from those who choose to put themselves and others at risk.”
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Troy Grant, said road users need to act with responsibility.
“We encourage people to get out and enjoy all NSW has to offer this long weekend, but to act responsibly and considerately on our roads,” Mr Grant said.
Roads Minister and local MP Melinda Pavey said people need to take extra care on the road as ANZAC Day approaches and the school holidays draw to a close and allow extra travel time so everyone arrives at their destinations safely.
“Your family and friends would rather you were a little late than never make it at all,” Mrs Pavey said.
Centre for Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon said speed is still the biggest killer on the roads.
“Last year 157 people lost their lives on our roads because someone was driving too fast,” Mr Carlon said.
“You can’t always predict what lies ahead and if you have a crash at a higher speed, you are more likely to be killed or seriously injured.”
Operation ‘Go Slow,’ started at 12.01am today and continues until 11.59pm on Tuesday, ANZAC Day.
Double demerits will be enforced throughout the period for speeding, mobile phones, seat-belt, and motorcycle-helmet offences.