Double demerits back in force for Anzac Day 2017 period

Operation Go Slow: Double demerits will be in force from April 21-25 ahead of the Anzac Day holiday. Photo: Victoria Lee

Operation Go Slow: Double demerits will be in force from April 21-25 ahead of the Anzac Day holiday. Photo: Victoria Lee

Police hope responsible driving will continue in the Highlands over the Anzac Day double demerit period.

Mittagong Highway and Traffic Patrol Sergeant Matt Hoffman said overall, police had seen good driver behaviour during the Easter period.

“As a result of a change in driver behaviour, penalty notices and crashes were down,” he said.

With double demerits back in force for Operation Go Slow from April 21 to 25, police hope to see these results continue.

Bowral Police Inspector John Klepczarek said police would target the Highlands in high numbers.

“We’ll target the usual drink driving, speeding, seat belt and mobile phone offences but a strong focus will be Anzac Day itself,” he said.

“While it’s traditionally a very sombre, family-type day, we’re aware that later in the afternoon it’s a time of celebration and one of the days of higher alcohol consumption.”

He warned drivers to have a ‘Plan B’ and consider their options before they left the house.

“Don’t try and think of a way home after you’ve started your celebrations,” he said.

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