Mid North Coast Police urge driver caution over Easter long weekend, 2019

Fatigue, mobile phone distraction, speeding and frustration: Dangers racing motorists this busy Easter period, according to Region Traffic Operation Coordinator sergeant Paul Dilley.
Fatigue, mobile phone distraction, speeding and frustration: Dangers racing motorists this busy Easter period, according to Region Traffic Operation Coordinator sergeant Paul Dilley.

Drivers are being reminded by local police there will be more distractions, dangers and other motorists on the roads this Easter.

Fatigue, mobile phone distraction, speeding and frustration are some of the dangers facing motorists along the Mid-North Coast this busy Easter period, according to Region Traffic Operation Coordinator sergeant Paul Dilley.

Sergeant Dilley said holiday drivers need to be aware of the possible dangers on our roads.

The Easter and Christmas holidays are particularly busy as families leave to enjoy a break at other locations, he said.

"There will be a huge increase in vehicles on the Highway and police will be deployed to specific areas where serious crashes have occurred.

"We recommend people wear a seat belt, avoid frustration or the distraction of mobile phones and not to drink and drive.

"If you're heading away enjoy it, but don't rush to get there because there's no reason to speed.

"If you're staying in town make sure to have a plan to get home."

A long-weekend road safety operation called Operation Tortoise will start at 12.01am on Thursday, April 18 until 11.59am on Monday, April 22.

During the operation speeding, mobile phone, seat belt and motorcycle helmet offences will attract double demerit points.

The double demerits will return on 12.01am Wednesday, April 24 until 11.59pm on Sunday, April 28 as part of Operation Go Slow across the Anzac Day public holidays.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said fatigue should be a concern for motorists.

"Driving when you are tired compromises your judgement and leaves you more at risk of being involved in a crash which could be deadly," he said.

It is so important to take a rest break from driving every couple of hours.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy.

Drivers can learn more about fatigue warning signs and risks.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said there was a responsibility for everyone to make it to their destination safely and drive the road toll Toward Zero.

"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," he said.

Northern Region Traffic Tactician, Chief Inspector Amanda Calder said more cars are expected on the road as people connect a string of public holidays along with school holidays.

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

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