With more than 100 lives lost on NSW roads already this year, police from Coffs Clarence Police District are calling on all road users to slow down and travel safely in Coffs and Clarence valley areas, ahead of the upcoming school holidays.
Extra traffic is expected in the Northern Region of the state over the next few days as families head to popular holiday destinations.
Detective Inspector Darren Jameson, Road Policing spokesperson from Coffs Clarence Police District said drivers need to follow the road rules in order to return home safely.
Detective Inspector Jameson said, "we know that locally, alcohol, drugs, speed, fatigue and distraction cause a large number of our road crashes, and this is why drivers need to take their driving responsibly".
“Friday and Thursday are our worst days for fatal and serious injury crashes, and this coincides with holiday makers driving to their destinations", he said.
According to Detective Inspector Jameson, the message is simple, "stick to the road rules, don’t drink or drug drive, take breaks, and just as important, don’t use your mobile telephone whilst driving".
The school holidays begin this Friday 13 April 2018 at the end of the school day and conclude on Monday 30 April 2018.
In four weeks since the start of Operation Merret, more than 30,000 infringements have been issued across the state for a variety of offences including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and using a mobile phone while driving.
NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said all road users need to take personal responsibility and stay alert on NSW roads over the busy school holiday period.
“We began Operation Merret, an unorthodox approach to road safety in March this year, to help stem the number of lives lost on our roads",
“While we have seen a lot of positive feedback from the community, it is sad to see that the 30,000+ infringements represent 30,000 people who made a decision to put themselves and others at risk over the past four weeks", Deputy Commissioner Burn said.