Stay Safe On Our Roads This October Long Weekend

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today encouraged motorists to take care on our Princes Highway and other local roads during the October long weekend.

Mr Ward said that Operation SlowDown, the long weekend road safety enforcement campaign, starts at 12.01am on Friday 28th September 2018 and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 1st October 2018.

“Double demerits will be in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences,” he said.

“I urge all local motorists to follow the road rules this long weekend – slow down, take a rest and don’t touch your mobile phone whilst driving.

“Crash rates go up during holiday periods, which is why everybody should expect to see more Police on our Princes Highway and other local roads. It’s also why double demerits will be in place this long weekend,” Mr Ward said.

The NSW Minister for Police Troy Grant said this October long weekend marks the start of the school holidays, and many families will undoubtedly hit the road for a break with their kids.

“I want everyone to enjoy themselves and have a terrific time, but more importantly, I want them to arrive at their destination safe and sound,” said Mr Grant.

“One road fatality is one too many, so I urge people to stick to the speed limit, put their phone down, and observe the road rules.”

To stay safe:

  • Plan your route and rest stops along the way;
  • Drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and State laws;
  • Be aware of signs of fatigue;
  • Have a Plan B if you intend to drink alcohol; and
  • Always wear a seat belt.