Police urge drivers to stay alert on the road this long weekend

EYES ON SPEEDING DRIVERS: Acting Sgt. Jason Marks, from Chifley Highway Patrol, undertaking speed checks.
EYES ON SPEEDING DRIVERS: Acting Sgt. Jason Marks, from Chifley Highway Patrol, undertaking speed checks.

ROAD trauma remains a focus of Chifley Police District with the region’s police  part of a high visibility state wide operation which is underway as part of the June long  weekend.   

Chifley Police District’s Supt Paul McDonald reminded road users to make safe decisions on the roads and share the responsibility, during Operation Stay Alert.

The operation began at 12.01am Friday and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday, June 11.

Supt McDonald said so far this year, 154 people have already lost their lives on NSW roads, four more than the same time last year.

With double demerits applying throughout the four-day operation, Supt McDonald said anyone caught speeding will not only be hit in the hip pocket.

“It could cost you your licence as well,” he said.

Supt McDonald said highway patrol officers will be patrolling major highways and back rounds 24-7, with a focus on  targeting drivers for dangerous behaviours, including; speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, and not wearing seatbelts.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said the vast majority of crashes are avoidable if road users showed the required responsibility and obeyed the traffic rules.

“We continue to see examples of irresponsible driving behaviour, including drink and drug driving and fatigue, which all lead to serious crashes and fatalities,” he said.