ACT and NSW police have joined forces to target motorists who get impatient on the roads during the Easter long weekend.
As many get set to hop down the Clyde Mountain for the trek to the coast, motorists can expect to see police patrolling every section of the Kings Highway.
Officers from ACT Policing and NSW Police will be on the Kings Highway to reinforce existing road safety messages with a focus on ACT Policing’s ‘Fatal Five’ and the NSW Police Force’s ‘Four Ds’ campaigns.
ACT Policing officer-in-charge of Road Policing Detective Inspector Donna Hofmeier, said working with NSW Police was an important part of keeping roads safe during the busy Easter holiday period.
“There’s always an increase in traffic at Easter as people travel to and from the ACT, so police will be working on both sides of the border targeting dangerous driving behaviour,” Det Insp Hofmeier said.
She said their traffic focus is on the ‘Fatal Five’ – speeding, driving under the influence, seat belts, driver distraction and behaviour at intersections.
“We hope that by combining our Fatal Five campaign with the NSW ‘Four Ds’ campaign against drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving, mean five plus four equals zero deaths on the Kings Highway this Easter,” she said.
NSW Police Acting Inspector Adam Kite said road safety was always a priority and even more so on busy roads on long weekends.
“While we’ll be doing everything we can to target dangerous driving on our shared highways, I implore everyone driving this weekend to take their responsibilities behind the wheel seriously,” Inspector Kite said.
“Motorists can expect to see police from both NSW and the ACT working along the full length of the Kings Highway.”
Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, is urging drivers to slow down this weekend and plan trips in advance.
“Almost half of all fatalities on our roads last year involved excessive speeding and each one of those deaths was preventable,” Mr Constance said.
“Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you’re well-rested and if you’ve been drinking or have taken drugs, don’t drive.”
Double demerit points will apply in the ACT and NSW for all speeding, seatbelt, riding without a helmet and mobile phone offences from 1 April until Monday, 5 April.
As a further long-weekend road safety measure, an additional demerit point applies for all other traffic offences.