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Double demerits are back in force across the Upper Hunter over Anzac Day and the weekend

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Double demerits are back in force across the Upper Hunter on Anzac Day and over the weekend.

Operation Go Slow is in place now until 11:59pm Sunday 28 April 2019 with NSW Police targeting all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle/helmet offences, which will attract double demerit points.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the reason police continued targeting these offences was simple.

“These are the things that will cause you to crash and possibly kill or injure someone,” he said.

“It’s that simple. During Operation Tortoise, three lives were lost on NSW roads and that is three lives too many."

“Even though, the number of people detected travelling above the speed limit was down on last year’s Easter operation. Police still found many people were taking ludicrous risks by travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit."

“This enforcement campaign is called “Go Slow” for a good reason. The faster you travel, the worse any possible crash will be."

“I am conscious that people may try to take a day off on Friday to create a long weekend, so people need to be aware of how tired they are and how important it is to take regular breaks from driving," he said.

“More people are also likely to be heading home on Sunday afternoon as well, so people should prepare themselves for delays along the road network and be patient.”

Acting Superintendent Joanne Schultz from the Hunter Valley Police District said drivers need to be aware of what's going on around them, particularly with a lot of roadworks in the district.

"This is part of this distraction thing where people aren't paying attention to what's going on around them, they're driving too close to other cars or the trucks in front of them, they're not giving themselves enough time to react, all of those things can lead to some terrible crashes that we have to attend,"

"We just want everybody to have a happy and safe Easter and a great holiday, the worst thing they want is for police to have to go and knock on someone's door and tell them their loved one has been killed or badly injured."

"This time of year is very busy on our roads just with the locals but also visitors coming through to the area to either sample the delights of the Hunter Valley, go camping or visit friends and family," said Acting Superintendent Schultz.

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