Truck drivers warned of police blitz

Drivers warned to drive carefully over the NSW long weekend as Operation Slowdown begins

October 2, 2009

Truck drivers are being warned to drive carefully over the New South Wales long weekend or risk losing their licence in a police crackdown on dangerous driving.

Operation Slowdown has begun in anticipation of the Labour Day holiday and police will target those who speed, drink and drive or refuse to wear seatbelts.

The four-day blitz will run until October 5.

Double demerit points will apply for seatbelt and speeding offences from today until October 5 prompting the NSW branch of the Australian Trucking Association to say drivers need to take "extra care to watch their speed when driving through school zones".

"ATA NSW is reminding all drivers to slow down and drive safely over the Labour Day long weekend," a statement from the representative group says.

There were eight people killed on NSW roads during the last October long weekend and there were nearly 650 crashes.

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