‘Operation Slow Down’ this long weekend
Traffic and Highway Patrol are telling NSW drivers to ‘bring their A game’ this Labor Day long weekend and slow down.
Operation Slow Down, the long weekend road safety enforcement operation, starts at 12.01am on Friday 28 September 2018 and will end at 11.59pm on Monday 1 October 2018. The offences that will result in double demerits throughout this period are; speeding, incorrect use of your seatbelt and mobile phone and also motorcyclists not wearing helmets. Kids will still be at school on Friday so an additional demerit point on top of double demerits will also apply to all relevant school zone offences committed on Friday.
During the 2017 Operation Slow Down period, three lives were lost in two fatal crashes on NSW roads. Both crashes occurred on rural roads. Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said along with the start of the school holidays, people were also embarking on long-haul drives to the Grand Final and other events.
“Just as all teams involved in the NRL and AFL Grand Finals are bringing their A Games, we want people to bring their A Game and plan ahead before they even get into their vehicles – that means not driving while you are tired, remembering to take breaks, not driving too fast for the conditions and not driving if you have consumed any drugs and/or alcohol.
“One crash last year at Morisset involved a car leaving its lane. The vehicle went on to hit a power pole and a tree. Lives are being lost on the road and families are being changed forever because some motorists have not been able to simply stay in their lane,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said. “This weekend is all about getting from A to B and ensuring everyone can make it back home – not sacrificing safety in moments of possible impatience while driving.”
Executive Director of the NSW Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon encouraged people across NSW to enjoy the long weekend with family and friends, but to do so with road safety in mind. “Please consider how your decisions could impact others. Make sure you stick to the road rules and take your time, if you feel tired pull over and take a break and don’t drink and drive. “Mobile phones, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or helmet are all contributing factors in fatal crashes and that is why we are coming down hard on these offences.”
From the team at Auto Advantage, we wish you a happy and safe long weekend, but remember…stay safe on the roads.