NSW Police will be out in full force this festive season as part of ‘Operation Safe Arrival’ which starts at 12:01am Friday 19 December and runs until 11:59pm Sunday 4 January 2015.
Operation Safe Arrival is a Christmas and New Year road-safety campaign that targets drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use, mobile-phone use and other types of dangerous driving.
The campaign will feature high visibility markings, aimed to deter poor driving behaviour.
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The bright, coloured markings will display the NSW Police Force logo and Highway Patrol branding.
The entire highway patrol fleet, consisting of 388 patrol vehicles, 24 motorcycles, 22 crash investigation vehicles and two RBT trucks will be out in full force.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the markings and sheer volume of police on the roads will serve as a constant reminder to motorists to slow down and arrive safely.
“We want everyone to ensure drivers don’t take risks, and we will have the entire ‘high-vis’ NSW Highway Patrol out there to remind motorists of their responsibilities on the roads,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
“This time last year 11 people died on the roads, which is tragically 11 families who won’t have a loved one with them this season.
“We want the message of ‘arrive safely’ to be the focus for drivers as they head away and return home these holidays – and the high-visibility markings on all our vehicles will reinforce that message,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Double demerits will be in place from Wednesday 24 December 2014 until Sunday 4 January 2015.