DRIVE SMART ON NSW ROADS THIS EASTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND


As people across the Tamworth Electorate plan their upcoming Easter holiday weekend, The Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is urging motorists to take extra care on the road.
Mr Anderson said whether you’re heading to the beach, going camping, having a barbecue with mates, going to the Dam or catching up with family this Easter, if you’re out on the roads, please make sure safety is your absolute priority. 
“NSW Police will be cracking down on dangerous road behavior by issuing fines and double demerit points in a state-wide enforcement operation called Operation Tortoise. 
“Double demerits will apply from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April 2018 inclusive.
“During holiday periods, we see increased traffic volumes on the New England, Oxley and Kamilaroi Highways as well as roads like the Fossicker’s Way, with people driving in unfamiliar environments. 

“We do not want to see motorists speeding or driving tired.  Previously there have been 20 recorded casualties on our roads during the Easter period. Even one casualty is too many.  
“The statistics are heartbreaking, 69 per cent of fatalities and 52 per cent of serious injuries resulted from crashes on country roads. Last Easter, over two thirds of drivers involved in country crashes were locals.
“That is why the NSW Government recently launched the Saving Lives on Country Roads campaign across regional NSW, to show how everyday driving decisions can result in serious consequences.
“Thursday 29 March is a school day, so extra demerit points will be issued on top of double demerits for some offences committed in school zones. 
“Road safety is a shared responsibility so when you’re on the road, think about how your actions can affect the safety of your family, friends and those around you. Have a safe and happy Easter.” Mr Anderson concluded.    

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