ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will continue to conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra as part of Operation Snow Safe this winter.
From the start of the NSW snow season on (Saturday, 8 June), police will be focusing on speeding, drink-driving and driver fatigue as motorists travel to and from the snow fields.
With large numbers of motorists travelling to and from the snow fields this winter, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and be patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic conditions.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said it was also important for motorists to be prepared for sudden changes in road and weather conditions, and to ensure they adapt their driving accordingly.
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“Drivers need to be aware of seasonal drops in temperature typically experienced during the winter months, which can potentially result in hazardous weather and conditions such as fog, high winds, snow or ice on the roads or on your vehicle’s windscreen,” Sergeant Rod Anderson said.
“These conditions can cause minimal visibility on our roads, and can present a real danger when motorists don’t adapt their driving appropriately.”
Operation Snow Safe will run from Saturday 8 June until Monday 10 October 2013.
During last year’s Queen’s Birthday long weekend double demerit period, ACT Policing issued 181 Traffic Infringement Notices to drivers and conducted 1,533 random roadside breath tests with 12 people recording positive results.
Motorists are reminded that double demerit penalties will be in place from Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June inclusive.