Double demerits this Anzac Day long weekend

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Wollongong police are urging residents to play safe and go slow this long weekend.

Two police operations have kicked off: Operation Irwindale, which targets anti social behaviour, and Operation Go Slow, which aims to reduce traffic infringements.

Double demerit points will be in place until midnight Sunday, and police will be specifically targeting drink driving, speeding, fatigue, the use of mobile phones while driving, and the wearing of seatbelts and helmets.

Wollongong police inspector Brian Wyver said people needed to be particularly careful on the region’s roads with wet weather predicted.

He said it was important for people to turn their cruise control off when navigating certain roads in the rain.

“There’s a tendency on Mount Ousley… to continue to use cruise control,” he said.

“Cars can aquaplane because they’ve got no control - if you’re accelerating and braking you have more control.”

Iinsp Wyver urged people celebrating Anzac day to “show some restraint”.

“Respect others, enjoy the day,” he said.

“We’ll be vigilant for anti social behaviour, particularly in and around licensed premises.”