NSW Police will be targeting fatigue, speeding and mobile phones with Easter long weekend

BE SAFE: NSW police will be out in force over the Easter long weekend.
BE SAFE: NSW police will be out in force over the Easter long weekend.

Drivers getting behind the wheel this Easter long weekend are being urged to be aware of the sign of fatigue before getting behind the wheel.

NSW Police will be targeting all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences, which will attract double demerit points.

Operation Tortoise, the state's Easter long-weekend road safety operation, will start at 12.01am on Thursday April 18 and will run until 11.59am on Monday April 22.

Northern Region Traffic Tactician, chief inspector Amanda Calder, said with the Easter and Anzac Day holidays so close together, more cars are expected on the road as people make the most of a string of public holidays along with school holidays.

"If you're driving on any road in northern NSW, there is a good chance we'll be there too," Chief Inspector Calder said.

"It is also important to take rest breaks from driving every couple of hours.

"Driving while you are tired compromises your judgement and leaves you more at risk of being involved in a crash that can have fatal or life-long consequences.

"Drivers travelling through known holiday spots should be prepared for additional delays and drive to the conditions."

Minister for police and emergency services, David Elliott, said police will be out in force ensuring motorists obey speed limits.

"This is an exciting time of year when families get together and enjoy themselves. We want everyone to have a great time during the break," Mr Elliott said.

"Often families hit the road for a holiday with the kids, so we want every motorist to take great care behind the wheel this Easter and Anzac Day and ensure they arrive safety at their destination."

Minister for regional transport and roads, Paul Toole, said it was important everyone took responsibility on the road.

"We want everyone to make it to their destination safely over the break and help us drive the road toll Towards Zero," Mr Toole said.

"If you're travelling over the next week make sure you plan ahead, get a good night's sleep, drive to the conditions, stick to the speed limit and never ever risk driving if there's a chance you could be affected by drugs or alcohol."

Double demerits will return on Wednesday April 24 until 11.59pm on Sunday April 28, as part of Operation Go Slow during Anzac Day.

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