Motorists warned ahead of Operation Safe Arrival

Double demerits for speeding and seatbelt offences will begin on December 24 as part of Operation Safe Arrival

December 20, 2010

Motorists are being warned against breaking road laws as NSW Police prepares to launch Operation Safe Arrival over the Christmas period.

From December 24, motorists caught for speeding and seatbelt offences will be hit with double demerits.

Operation Safe Arrival will run until January 3, with police saying offences during that time might also lead to licence suspension and jail.

"Those who do the wrong thing are not only putting their own lives at risk, they could maim or kill others who are doing the right thing," Senior Sergeant Wayne McLachlan says.

"That’s why we’ll be out in force during Operation Safe Arrival – to ensure that those who do flout the law and do the wrong thing on the road are dealt with appropriately."

McLachlan says many crashes can be avoided if motorists slow down, obey road rules and rest when tired.

He says speeding, drink-driving and fatigue remains the biggest killers on the road and will be targeted by police. Drink and drug drivers, those using mobile phones while driving, and people not wearing seatbelts are also in police sights.

McLachlan has urged motorists to be patient during Operation Safe Arrival.

"Heavy traffic and delays are expected on the region’s major thoroughfares, particularly the Princes, Hume and Sturt highways, as tens of thousands of people travel to and from popular tourist spots," he says.

"Please be considerate of other drivers, exercise care and patience, and factor in extra travel time as you use roads throughout our region this holiday period."

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