Northern Region Traffic Police Urge Drivers to Take Care Over Australia Day Break

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Police on the NSW North Coast are preparing for one of the busiest weekends on the roads.

Operation Safe Return began at midnight Thursday, January 22, 2015 and double demerits apply for speeding, drink-driving, seatbelt and motorbike helmet offences until midnight on Monday January 26, 2015.

Regional traffic co-ordinator Senior Sergeant John Hay said officers will patrol every stretch of the Pacific Highway for the entire long weekend.

“Obviously there’s the mass movement of vehicles to return home at the end of the school holidays,” he said.

“At this point in time we’ve got basically all resources rostered on, and we’re hoping we’ve got a clear run from serious accidents.”

Traffic is expected to begin building on the Pacific Highway today, ahead of one of the busiest weekends on the region’s roads.

The school holidays end next week, and police are preparing for a surge in traffic.

Sr Sergeant Hay said drivers need to slow down, as rain could also create dangerous conditions.

“You’ve got to adjust your speed to the conditions,” he said. “We had a number of incidents over the Boxing Day period where people weren’t driving to the conditions we had numerous collisions, mainly rear-end conditions.”

Source: ABC News

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