Double demerits over Australia Day weekend

Extra police are currently being mobilised across the state for Operation Safe Return, NSW Police’s annual Australia Day long weekend traffic-enforcement campaign.

The operation starts at 12.01am on Friday  and will run through until 11.59pm on Monday.

Double demerits will be in place over the entire long weekend for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.

In particular, police will be targeting the ‘‘fatal five’’ contributors to road trauma: fatigue; speed; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; not wearing a seatbelt; and distraction/inattention.

‘‘We are anticipating vastly increased volumes of traffic on our roads this weekend, as people head away for the long weekend and come home from school holidays,’’ NSW Deputy Commissioner of Police, Specialist Operations, Catherine Burn said.

‘‘No matter where you are in NSW, you will see an increased number of police on the roads, ensuring you obey the law, drive to conditions and get to your destination safely.

‘‘We’re urging all motorists to take extreme care this weekend.’’