Traffic around the region is expected to increase as residents and visitors enjoy the benefits of easing restrictions, but police have warned they will catch those doing the wrong thing.
From the beginning of 2021 until October 12, there have been 13 fatalities on roads throughout the Riverina Police District.
Highway Patrol Inspector Darren Moulds said while the cause behind many of the fatal crashes this year are investigation, many serious incidents are avoidable.
"You have to drive to the conditions," he said.
"Don't speed. Don't drink or use drugs and drive. Wear your seatbelt."
Inspector Moulds said as COVID restrictions across the state start to ease as vaccination rates increase, there will be a stronger police presence on roads.
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He said they expect to see more traffic as Riverina residents can visit other areas.
"I am asking people to plan out their trips and to take their time and be considerate of other road users," Inspector Moulds said.
"For those that might have had cars or caravans just sitting in the driveways or garages, get them checked and make sure they are roadworthy."
Inspector Moulds said there would be a focus on the main roads such as the highways, but officers would be monitoring everywhere.
He warned those who might think to use a small road as a way to avoid detection would not escape penalties for drink-driving, speeding or other offences.
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