POLICE are discouraging reckless behaviour on the region's roads as the Australia Day long weekend approaches.
Operation Safe Return will start at 12.01am on Friday and end at 11.59pm on Monday, with double demerits in force throughout the period.
The statewide operation comes just days after a Yass Highway Patrol vehicle was forced off the road to avoid a head-on collision on the Burley Griffin Way between Binalong and Galong this week.
Dashcam footage captured the moment a motorist overtook a truck travelling about 100 kilometres an hour along the two-lane highway.
The police, who were travelling in the opposite direction of the overtaking vehicle, were forced off the road to avoid a collision before circling back around in pursuit of the negligent driver, who was issued an infringement.
NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said it was more important than ever to look out for fellow road users.
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"We are asking drivers to ... draw upon the spirit of Aussie mateship to look out for each other on the roads, by being responsible and not taking unnecessary risks," he said.
"This means staying well-rested by having a good night's sleep before you start your journey, taking regular breaks, not drink or drug driving, and sticking to or below the speed limit.
"By neglecting these responsibilities, not only are you putting yourself at risk; but you are also risking the lives of your passengers and everyone else you encounter throughout your journey."