The busiest time of year on our roads is upon us, and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser urges motorists to slow down, be courteous to other road users and take plenty of breaks on their journey.
Mr Fraser said some motorists continue to take risks, despite some of the longest and most intense high-visibility police operations NSW has ever seen.
“At a time when most of us look forward to enjoying time with friends and family, we must also prioritise safety, be vigilant, follow the road rules and always drive to the conditions,” Mr Fraser said.
“While police don’t want to have to charge people, if you choose to put yourself or others at risk by breaking the road rules or being reckless, they will ensure you face the penalties.”
Mr Fraser said Coffs Clarence police will be out in force on the Pacific Highway and other local roads throughout the holiday period.
“There will be more police tackling risky behaviour on our roads this Christmas so the message to motorists is clear – you’re responsible for your own actions so don’t do anything that puts you or your family at risk,” Mr Fraser said.
Operation Safe Arrival starts on Friday 21 December 2018 and concludes on Tuesday 1 January 2019.
Double demerits will be in force throughout this period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.
As Friday is a designated school day, an additional demerit point on top of double demerits will also apply to all relevant school zone offences committed on that day.
Motorists are also being reminded that from 17 September 2018, an extra demerit point was added to the penalty for illegally using a mobile phone while driving.
This will add an additional two demerit points in double demerit periods resulting in a total of 10 demerit points for this offence.