Easter long weekend: roads update
Don’t forget: Easter Long-Weekend traffic operations will begin just after midnight on Thursday (29 March 2018) and will conclude at 11.59pm on Monday 2 April 2018. During this time, double-demerits will be enforced. However, with concern over the number of casualties on our roads, NSW police have implemented an unorthodox and proactive approach to road policing.
NSW Police have launched the Easter long weekend road safety campaign, along with a proactive campaign aimed at ensuring motorists, passengers and pedestrians consider how their decisions impact other road users.
For more than 20 years, double-demerits and an increased police presence have been an effective deterrent in reducing road trauma during public holiday periods. But with people continuing to die on our roads in avoidable circumstances, police are stepping up their efforts.
NSW Police have already begun Operation Merret, an unorthodox and proactive approach to road policing, aimed at educating and empowering the public to make the right decisions on our roads.
During Operation Merret and throughout the Easter period, you will see more police on the roads, not only targeting motorists for dangerous behaviours, but educating drivers on safe behaviour and encouraging those who are doing the right thing through positive reinforcement.
“Every police officer in the state has been tasked with speaking to drivers, riders, passengers and pedestrians about their responsibilities and safe choices on and around our roads.
“While we will continue to reduce road trauma through enforcement, especially during the double-demerit period, it is important that the community does their part in saving lives on our roads.
“If people think our approach to road safety this year is extreme, I make no apologies. What is extreme is the pain those 94 families who have lost a loved one are going through,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the message this Easter is to slow down and think of the impact you could have on other lives.
The Auto Advantage team would like you to wish you a happy Easter and encourage you to drive safely and take extra care on the roads.