NSW Police vow vigilance over holiday season


New South Wales police will keep a close eye on the roads this holiday season as its annual traffic enforcement campaign starts.

NSW Police vow vigilance over holiday season
Fatigue will be high on the list for police

New South Wales police will keep a close eye on the roads this holiday season as its annual traffic enforcement campaign starts tomorrow.

Double demerit points will be in place between December 20 and January 1 for speeding and seatbelt offences during the Operation Safe Arrival campaign.

Police will also target drink and drug driving, fatigue and mobile phone use.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Special Operations Catherine Burn says drivers can expect to see more police on the road.

The NSW road toll for 2013 currently stands at 332.

"While this is 23 less than the same time last year, it’s still too high, as one fatality is too many," Burn says.

"Over the next two weeks, during Operation Safe Arrival, police will be doing everything in our power to keep the road toll from getting any higher.

"Wherever you are travelling, you can expect to see more police on the road.

"We will be targeting drivers who insist on breaking the law or taking risks that endanger not only their own lives but also their passengers’ and fellow road users."

Police conducted more than 527,170 breath tests during the same campaign last year, and charged more than 990 drivers with drink driving.

More than 11,900 were booked for speeding and almost 1,200 were caught driving without seatbelts.

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