Riverina police will be cracking down on dangerous driving this weekend, with every available officer out on the beat during a high-visibility holiday road blitz.
Double demerits will be in force from 12.01am on Friday – and remain in place until 11.59pm on Monday – as part of Operation Stay Alert, the NSW Police Queen’s Birthday long weekend road safety campaign.
Drivers speeding, drink and drug-driving, using their mobile phone and not wearing seatbelts were in officers’ sights, Wagga highway patrol Sergeant Don Qvist said.
On average, one person has died every day on NSW roads so far this year, he said, with the state’s 2018 road toll at 154 people as of Wednesday.
Sergeant Qvist urged motorists travelling long distances to take regular breaks.
“I’d just like to ask motorists to take care this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, get to their location safely and return,” he said.
Drivers have been reminded Friday is a normal school day and an extra demerit point will be issued for some school zone offences.