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Double demerits are in force now until midnight Monday April 5


Police are encouraging road users to look out for each other while travelling on NSW roads over Easter, ahead of the statewide Easter Operation 2021 blitz.

The Operation including Double Demerits came into force last night at at 12.01am, Thursday 1 April 2021 and will run until 11:59pm on Monday 5 April 2021.

Double-demerit points are in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Chief Inspector HVPD Guy Guiana, Officer in Charge at Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter said they'll be targeting other high-risk driver behaviour as well, including the Four Ds: drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

"As with all holiday periods there will be a heightened presence of general duties and highway patrol police out on the roads doing RBT, random drug testing,etc."

"Drink and drug driving, fatigue, speeding and restraint offences and mobile phone use," he said. 

It's been a bad year on the Upper Hunter's roads with accidents and some of those being fatalities including a triple fatality earlier in the year on Bengalla Road in Muswellbrook.

"We have had a bad run again, this yearly in the year and its very frustrating for us to see so many people getting hurt and killed," said Chief Inspector Guiana.

"The only answer is slowing down and driving to the conditions and make sure you're paying attention to the conditions."

"There are some very bad conditions on the roads all across the district, in the Upper Hunter all the way down through Cessnock and everywhere else the rain has really torn up the roads and put some bad potholes around the place,"

"The funny thing is after the floods are gone and the water has receded a little bit but as we've seen with the roads that you can see the floodwater causes a lot of damage and if you're driving into floodwater on a damaged road and you can't see whats there you could end up with a nasty surprise and getting into trouble."

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, is reminding road users to be extra careful, with NSW roads expected to be busy over the long weekend.

“With COVID19 restricting travel last Easter, we expect people to take full advantage of being able to holiday across NSW and interstate this year,” said Assistant Commissioner Webb.

“We want you to enjoy our beautiful state, but please drive carefully, particularly where roads may be unfamiliar."

“At the heart of our policing is always public safety. We want all of you to arrive at your destination and enjoy Easter with loved ones.”

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