Risky driver blitz

DRIVERS are being urged to take extra care with thousands more motorists hitting the roads for the Easter long weekend and double demerits in place from Thursday to Monday.

After a number of crackdowns on the roads this year, Traffic and Highway Patrol South West Sector Commander, Acting Superintendent Gregory Donaldson, said it remained disappointing that many drivers continued to engage in dangerous behaviour.
He said it’s selfish and not only puts themselves at risk but the many other road users.
“Those who drive while under the influence are not just putting their lives at risk but the lives of their fellow drivers … It is criminal behaviour, and it won’t be tolerated on NSW roads,” he said.
“Driving after consuming alcohol or drugs is a choice. Your choice can lead to serious injury or death of yourself, the people in your car, or other innocent road users. As a driver, you have the responsibility to ensure that everybody gets home safe.”
Additional police will also be deployed across the State as they patrol metropolitan and regional areas, also targeting other high-risk driver behaviour.
Double demerits will apply for all speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.
Minister for Police, Yasmin Catley, said too many people were getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, or in the passenger seat, and never coming home.
“Everyone has a responsibility to themselves, their passengers and other roads users every time they get behind the wheel,” she said.