Christ­mas pres­ence of po­lice

DRIV­ERS WARNED OF HARSH CON­SE­QUENCES TH­ESE HOL­I­DAYS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

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.”

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