NSW Police out in full force this King’s birthday long weekend

Truckies should be wary of double demerit points in NSW over the King’s birthday long weekend, as law enforcement cracks down on unsafe driving.  

The NSW Police Force has teamed up with Transport NSW to launch Operation King’s Birthday, targeting excessive speed, alcohol and drug driving, fatigue, and distracted driving.  

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The operation will commence at 12.01am Friday June 7 and conclude at 11.59 pm on Monday June 10.   

TFNSW safety chief Bernard Carlon says 13 lives were lost on the roads this time last year and everyone needs to work together to reach their destinations safely. 

“We are expecting rain across some parts of the state over the weekend and roads may be slippery, which means it takes longer to stop,” Carlon says.  

“Make sure you adjust your speed down, keep a safe gap from the vehicle in front, use your lights in rainy conditions, and never drive through floodwater.”  

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, along with local police, will patrol all roads across the state, targeting all traffic offences. 

Traffic and highway patrol commander Brett McFadden says this long weekend is particuarly of concern as it’s traditionally one of the busiest. 

“Just in the past few weeks alone we have seen multiple fatal crashes on our roads. This should not be acceptable to us as a community,” he says.  

McFadden urges all passengers in a vehicle to call out the poor behaviour of drivers, as it’s not just the responsibility of police to ensure road safety.  

“You may not only save your own life, but someone else’s too. It’s up to all of us to do better.”  

Police will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to all dangerous driving behaviour as they do every day, says Minister for police and counterterrorism Yasmin Catley.  

“Our message to drivers this long weekend is to be safe and drive to the conditions so you can return home to your loved ones.” 

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