Stay safe on the road this long weekend

Drivers are being urged to take extra care and be patient on roads across the state this long weekend, with police warning roads will be busy.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there is no excuse for any behaviour which endangers the lives of others.

“We want everyone to enjoy the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, but I urge you to do so safely. We do not want any fatalities on our roads,” Mr Elliott said.

“There is no excuse, when you flout the law you put the lives of others at risk. Celebrate safely, abide by the road rules and do not drink and drive.”

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said just five kilometres over the speed limit can make a big difference when it comes to stopping in time and not stopping at all.  

For everyone out on the road this long weekend, whether you are travelling far from home or just around the corner, stick to the speed limit and drive safely to keep yourself and others safe,” Mr Constance said.

“It is great that we have already seen the number of speeding-related fatalities come down this year, but we really need more people to think about their choices behind the wheel because you can be caught anywhere, anytime.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole urged motorists not to start their holiday on the wrong note by doing the wrong thing on our roads.

“We know a lot of people will be heading out to regional NSW this long weekend, so I’m reminding drivers travelling long distances to stop for a break along the way to avoid fatigue, stick to the speed limit, obey the road rules and drive to the conditions,” Mr Toole said.

Police will be out in force for Operation Queen’s Birthday 2021 and double demerit points will be in place from 12am Friday to midnight Monday 14 June.