Police on both sides of the border will be out in force during the NSW long weekend this weekend.By Ivy Wise
Motorists are being warned if they do the wrong thing on the roads this week, they will be caught.
Campaspe Highway Patrol will target the big four — speeding, alcohol, mobiles and seatbelts — as part of several traffic operations this week.
Officer-in-charge Sergeant Greg Watkins said district roads would be particularly busy this week, with tourists visiting for the school holidays and people travelling to and from the Elmore Field Days and Deniliquin Ute Muster this weekend.
‘‘We’re doing traffic on Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoon along the Northern Hwy,’’ Sgt Watkins said.
‘‘There will also be a police tent at the Elmore Field Days, manned by Rochy police.’’
Bendigo and Melbourne members will join Echuca police from tomorrow to Sunday to help patrol the Goulburn Valley, Murray Valley and Northern highways during the ute muster.
‘‘It’s usually pretty hectic on Thursday and Friday, quiet on the Saturday and then it picks up again on Sunday,’’ Sgt Watkins said.
‘‘Generally, people are well behaved, but you do have the dills who try to show off.
‘‘We’ll have marked and unmarked highway patrol cars and automatic number plate recognition.’’
Sgt Watkins urged drivers to take extra care along the 100km/h zones as they were the high risk areas.
‘‘That’s where we have the accidents,’’ he said.
‘‘Enjoy the holidays and have a safe trip, but remember to avoid distractions.
‘‘Don’t use your mobile phone via text or talking because you will get a $289 fine and lose three demerit points.’
Moama police and members from the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be out in force during the NSW long weekend, targeting speeding, alcohol, drugs and fatigue on the highways and main roads as part of Operation Slowdown.
The statewide traffic operation will also coincide with the Deniliquin Ute Muster and the end of the NSW and Victorian school holidays.
Moama police Sergeant Trent Swinton said he was expecting a significantly high volume of traffic in the area over the weekend due to holiday traffic and people travelling to and from the ute muster.
‘‘Drivers are reminded that double demerit points apply for all demerit point offences such as, but not limited to, speeding, use of hand-held mobile phones and restraint offences,’’ Sgt Swinton said.
‘‘I urge all drivers to be refreshed and well rested before commencing their travels.
‘‘Do not drive or operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol or any other illicit substance and drivers must ensure they and their passengers are appropriately restrained.’’
He warned people not to use their mobile phone while driving, advising them to turn it off to eliminate the distraction.
‘‘If you are feeling tired and fatigued, pull over and give yourself a break,’’ he said.
With Moama traffic to be at its peak on Sunday morning as motorists return from the ute muster and people head to the Moama Market, drivers are urged to be patient.
‘‘Within 20 minutes, you will be clear of the Moama CBD and bridge and on your way again,’’ Sgt Swinton said.
‘‘Most importantly, we want all travellers to have a good time over the weekend and arrive at their intended destination safely.’’
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