Drivers urged to ‘go slow’ this weekend

Mudgee LAC.
Mudgee LAC.

Police are again urging all motorists to ‘Go Slow’ and remain patient on the state’s roads ahead of the Anzac Day long weekend and end of school holidays.

The warning comes off the back of Operation Tortoise, which was held during the Easter long weekend.

In the western region, over 24,000 breath tests were conducted over the four days.

The Mudgee Local Area Command conducted 2507 breath tests. Mudgee Traffic and Highway Patrol issued 106 speeding Fines, 47 fines for other offences and seven Seatbelt Infringements which included drivers, passengers and two unrestrained children.

Mudgee recorded the third highest speed infringements in the Western Plains Region. Orange recorded 116 and Tamworth with 114.

Police have described these results as ‘very high’ and ‘disappointing’ considering it was a double demerit point weekend.

Tragically, 100 people have died on NSW roads already this year. 

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 other’s lives at risk.

“100 people have already died on our roads this year, while we can’t take back those lives that have been lost, we can prevent more deaths on our roads.

“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,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

NSW Minister for Police and Minister Emergency Services, Troy Grant said road users need to act with responsibility on NSW roads.

“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.

“No police officer should have to face a roadside tragedy, and no family member should have to get that devastating phone call or knock on their front door,” Minister Grant said.

Operation ‘Go Slow,’ starts at 12.01am (April 21) and continues until 11.59pm on Tuesday (April 25). Double demerits will be enforced for speeding, mobile phones, seatbelt, and motorcycle-helmet offences.