POLICE have issued more than 200 speeding tickets on the first day of a high-visibility policing operation for the Bathurst 1000.
Operation Bathurst is running across the four days of the Bathurst 1000 to ensure race enthusiasts enjoy the event safely.
As part of that operation, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command have implemented a strong presence on major, secondary and local roads in the Bathurst region.
Officers wrote 212 speeding tickets in a single day as part of a committed campaign to reduce road trauma and target offences that impact on all road users - driver fatigue, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, failing to wear seat belts or helmets, use of mobile phones, or other anti-social behaviour.
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Officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command also conducted 4146 roadside breath tests on Thursday alone.
Regional Highway Patrol commander Superintendent Paul Glinn says safety is paramount for those attending the event.
"Regional roads have been subject to an increase in serious and fatal collisions, your decisions as a driver can have a significant adverse impact on others so plan your trip and drive responsibly," Supt Glinn said.
"Take care of yourselves and others when travelling to Bathurst, enjoy the event with your mates and get home safely."
So far in 2019, 210 people have died on regional roads in NSW compared to 191 at the same time last year.
For all special event traffic information, including road closures, special event clearways and live traffic reports, visit: www.livetraffic.com.
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