Christmas presence of police
DRIVERS WARNED OF HARSH CONSEQUENCES THESE HOLIDAYS
POLICE are warning motorists there is nowhere to hide on the roads this holiday season.
Double demerits will apply for speeding, mobile phone use, seatbelt and helmet offences from midnight tomorrow as police crack down on drivers during their annual Christmas holi- day road blitz. Operation Arrive Alive – a six-week statewide high-visibility traffic and highway patrol operation – began on Friday and will run until January 26.
Mt Druitt crime manager Detective Inspector Dave Goddard said more police had been rostered on in an effort to stop the road toll from rising.
As of Sunday, three people, including a four-yearold girl, have been killed on NSW roads since the operation began
“More police means more chances of you getting caught. Don’t risk your life or the lives of others,” DetInsp Goddard said.
“Wherever you’re going, it’s better to be late than to not make it at all.”
Mt Druitt crime prevention officer Senior Constable Paul Bates said the message to drivers at this busy time was to use common sense.
“Slow down and give yourself time to get to your destination; don’t drink and drive; on long trips take regular breaks and change drivers when possible; in bad weather slow down and never talk on your mobile phone or text while driving,” Constable Bates said. St Marys crime manager Detective Inspector Barry Vincent said people should plan ahead when driving.
“Those travelling on long trips should allow time for rest breaks,” Det-Insp Vincent said.
“If you drive somewhere and do decide to have a drink, make sure you have a Plan B to get home.”