ACT Policing will join forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads this holiday season, the fourth in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.
The efforts by ACT Policing and the Monaro Command will mirror those of police throughout Australia in a national road safety campaign against dangerous driving coordinated by the national police agency, ANZPAA (Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency).
ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra over the holiday season as part of Operation Crossroads.
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With large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the holiday season, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and be patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic conditions.
Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson said the holiday season was a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in the back of an ambulance or a police vehicle.
“We want all road users and motorists in particular to modify and moderate their behaviour so that everyone travels safely over the holiday season,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“Operation Crossroads is part of the police response to helping eliminate the loss of lives on our roads over holiday periods. During the Christmas and New Year holiday season police will put extra focus on drunk/drug driving, speeding, traffic infringements and licence offences.”
The widespread use of random breath testing and roadside drug-testing, as well as laser detection of speeding drivers, and close attention to unsafe or inattentive driving will form part of ACT Policing’s road safety strategy during Operation Crossroads.
Operation Crossroads begins on Sunday, December 23 and will continue until January 3, 2013.
Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences. Double demerit points will be effective from the first instance today (Friday, December 21) until midnight January 1, 2013.