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It's that time of the year again, double demerits are in force across the state

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It's that time of the year again, double demerits are back in force across the long weekend. 

NSW Police will be conducting Operation Stay Alert, active from 12.01am on Friday 7 June 2019 and will run until 11.59am on Monday 10 June 2019.

Drivers need to be more aware of their surroundings and drive to survive is the message from police as many begin setting out on June long weekend road trips.

Police across NSW will be targeting all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle/helmet offences, which will attract double demerit points. So far this year, 165 people have lost their lives on NSW roads.

Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) Superintendent Chad Gillies said everyone needs to plan their trips, take breaks and stick to the speed limits.

"There will be a lot of local police and highway patrol along our main roads and our goal is to work with motorists to make sure that we have a fatality-free weekend,"

"We don't apologise, there will be a lot of RBTs, there will be a lot of speed enforcement and if you do get caught doing the wrong thing you will get double demerits."

"Drink driving is another focus, as you know the new legislation that came in in May which basically says that if you get done for low range drink driving you will have an automatic three months suspension on your license."

"Hopefully everyone does the right thing but history suggests there will always be a couple of people doing the wrong thing and our job is to make sure we minimise the opportunity for them to cause carnage on our roads," said Superintendent Gillies.

"We share the roads, its collective responsibility so it only takes one person to do the wrong thing and cause havoc,"

"So we need to work together and respect the roads so everyone has a good weekend and gets home safely."

During Operation Stay Alert 2018, three people lost their lives in separate crashes on NSW roads.

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