DOING the wrong thing on the roads this festive period will have big consequences, Western Region police officers warn.
Operation Safe Arrival is well underway with double demerit points in force across the state until 11.59pm on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Police will be targeting speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences, with double points to be given to those caught.
During the 2017/2018 Operation Safe Arrival period, four lives were lost in fatal crashes on roads in western NSW.
Western Region Traffic Tactician Inspector Ben Macfarlane said too many local people were losing their lives in crashes on roads across the region.
“In country areas everyone really does know everyone and the emotional legacy of road trauma is magnified because of this closeness,” he said.
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During operation Safe Arrival 2017/18, NSW police officers conducted 700,200 random breath tests and charged 1585 people with drink driving across the state.
Inspector Macfarlane also issued a reminder to motorists that from September 17, 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