Operation ‘Stay Alert’ is in force this long weekend

Police will enforce safe driver behavior during ‘Operation ‘Stay Alert 2018’ this long weekend.

The Hume Police District will be a part of the operation, which will run from Friday, June 8 until Monday, June 11.

Police are reminding road users to make safe decisions on the roads and share the responsibility.

Double demerit points will apply throughout the long weekend and all road users need to slow down, drive to the conditions especially with wet weather forecasts.

So far this year, 154 people have already lost their lives on NSW roads, four more than the same time last year.

Chief Inspector John Sheehan the Officer in Charge of Goulburn Police Station said all police will be out in force conducting random breath and drug testing throughout the long weekend.

“If you are travelling this weekend, we want you and your family to arrive at your destination and return home safely,” Chief Inspector John Sheehan said,

Top tips for staying safe on NSW roads this weekend:

  •  Plan your route and rest stops along the way.
  •  Drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and state laws.
  • To avoid fatigue, make sure you get a good night’s sleep and avoid driving after midnight. Plan to share the driving if you can.
  • Be aware of signs of fatigue: yawning, excessive blinking, bloodshot eyes. Pull over for a break in a safe place and take a nap - 20 minutes works best.
  • Have a Plan B if you intend to drink alcohol - don’t get behind the wheel.
  • Always wear a seat belt. As a driver it is your responsibility to make sure every passenger in the car is buckled up.
  • Check your vehicle before driving - tyre tread and pressure, lights, breaks, engine oil, coolant and power steering fluid.

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