Police join forces for Operation Slowdown
Release Date: Friday, September 28 2012, 12:41 PM
ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra over the Labour Day and ACT Family and Community Day long weekend holiday periods as part of Operation Slowdown.
An increased policing presence, both in marked and unmarked police vehicles, will target unsafe driving behaviours near borders of the ACT and NSW.
With large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend periods, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and be patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic conditions.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Greg O’Ryan said motorists greatly reduced the risk of serious injury or death through accidents by observing road safety rules.
“The major causes of road accidents are well known. Drink driving, speed, failure to wear seatbelts or fatigue plays a part in every serious accident that occurs,” Acting Superintendent O’Ryan said.
“During holiday periods, when roads are busy, it’s even more important to slow down and stay alert.”
“With the recent addition of 21 new recruits ACT Policing will be targeting major traffic offences over the long weekend periods, conducting breath tests and speeding operations.”
NSW Police will also be targeting motorists over the long weekend holiday periods.
“The long weekend is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in the back of an ambulance or a police vehicle,” Inspector Anthony Hill said.
“When you are out on the road, obey the law, drive carefully and get to your destination safely.
“There will be a highly visible police presence out on NSW roads this weekend. If you do the wrong thing, you can expect to be caught.”
ACT Policing are reminding motorists that double demerits will be enforced over the Labour Day long weekend beginning at midnight on (Friday, September 28) through to midnight (Monday, October 1) inclusive.