Operation Slow Down runs from September 29 to October 2

NSW Police is encouraging residents to make a wise decision when choosing a ride on the long weekend as Operation Slow Down gets underway from midnight, September 29.

Double demerit points will be in place for all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle- helmet offences.

Deputy commissioner specialist support Catherine Burn said drivers need to slow down this weekend to avoid more tragic loss of life.

“In addition to the 287 people who have been killed on NSW roads this year, hundreds more have been seriously injured and traumatised.

“All it takes for even more people to be hurt or killed this weekend is for a road user to make one bad choice.

“The stark truth is that nearly every one of us knows of someone who has been involved in a crash on our roads.

“We all know that speeding kills. We all know that looking at your phone means you’re not fully focused on the task at hand. We all know that seat belts save lives, and that drink-driving creates a real risk to yourself and everyone else around you.

“Think about the choices your make this weekend, because the consequences of a bad decision can be disastrous for you and other people on our roads,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

Operation Slow Down will continue until 11.59pm on Monday, October 2.