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Road Policing Operations

Road Policing Operations

Motorists are urge to travel safely this long weekend.

Police on both sides of the border are running road operations for the Australia Day long weekend.

In New South Wales, 'Operation Safe Return' will run from 12.01am on Friday 24th January and will conclude at 11.59pm on Monday 27th January.

Double demerits will be in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott urged communities to celebrate Australia Day safely.

"Although Australia Day is a time to enjoy time with friends and family, we also tragically see an increase in road trauma and collisions," Mr Elliott said.

"NSW communities have seen more than their fair share of heartache over the summer.

"Our appeal is for motorists not to add to that by way of unnecessary road trauma.

"Take care of yourself and family, look out for your mates, and don’t take any risks that would put your life or someone else’s life at risk."

In Victoria, 'Operation Amity' will be running over the same time period.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said the four-day operation would target the key causes of road trauma, particularly drink and drug driving, which continue to be one of the biggest challenges for police on the road.

"Every Victorian loves an excuse to join friends and family over a backyard barbecue, but we know long weekends can mean more risk on the roads,AC Murphy said.

"We need everyone to be responsible and bring road safety into the equation."

The commencement of the operation coincides with today’s National Day of Action, which sees all jurisdictions across the country combine their efforts into enforcing positive driver behaviour and lessening the incidence of trauma on our roads.

Both operations will end at 11.59pm on Monday the 27th January.

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