Eight Days Of Double Demerits Are Coming Over The Next Fortnight
Police have vowed to be out in force over the Easter and Anzac Day holiday periods, targeting drivers caught speeding, driving under the influence or driving fatigued.
Operation Tortoise will commence at midnight this Thursday and will run through until midnight on Monday.
That four-day period will be followed by a second period of double demerits operations starting just two days later, on April 24.
Police Minister David Elliott said it was the "perfect storm" of conditions for road-related accidents with not only school holidays but the "unique period" of Easter and Anzac Day falling within days of each other.
More than 6,000 additional policing hours will be deployed across NSW over the holiday period, authorities revealed at the launch of Operation Tortoise on Tuesday.
Police will particularly be targeting the Northern and Western regions of the state.
"We are deliberately going hard this Easter," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy warned drivers.
"Mixtures of fatigue drink driving, distracted driving, vehicles leaving the road are causing road toll and the community in NSW should be concerned that the death toll is where it is," he said.
So far this year there have been 119 deaths on NSW roads, the majority of which were in rural or country areas.
That figure is 12 more than at the same time last year.
"One death is too many," Corboy said on Tuesday.
Corboy urged passengers to call out risky behaviour by drivers, in particular driving while tired, using mobile phones and driving under the influence.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said road safety was everybody's responsibility.
"When you are a driver in the car you may have other passengers who are your precious cargo and you have a responsibility to protect them," Toole said.
"If you are speeding, if you are driving under the influence or fatigue, it kills."
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Elliot also urged people to take extra care around Anzac Day as older community members and veterans are out and about for commemorations.
You need to be extra conscious of the safety that those pedestrians require.
He said the worst job for officers is to make the call to a family that their loved ones had been killed in a road-related accident.
"You can only imagine the heartbreak that family would feel," he said.
"When a police officer provides you with an infringement notice or instructs you to slow down or to amend your behaviour, that is not a punishment, that is to stop your family from heartbreak".
The eight-day double demerit period will run from April 18-22 and April 24-28.