NSW Police have announced double-demerits for Easter with a blitz on drink driving.

Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking will be the focus of this weekend’s Easter road safety operation as police across the state prepare for the long weekend.

Seven people lost their lives during the Easter long weekend in 2021 and more than 300 people were caught under the influence of alcohol.

NSW Police launched Easter Operation 2022 today, a highly visible police traffic operation with a focus on reducing road fatalities and road trauma this holiday weekend.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn said a significant number of police resources would have a dedicated focus on road safety throughout the five-day operation.

Paul Glinn

Paul Glinn

“The number of people who blatantly disregarded the road rules last year and put the broader community at risk was unacceptable. Make no mistake that our police will be out and about this weekend – including on major road networks and on local streets – to catch those doing the wrong thing,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn.

In addition to targeting drink driving, police will also focus on targeting drivers that are speeding, drug driving, not wearing seatbelts and distracted by mobile phones.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said everyone had a role to play to help keep the roads safe this Easter long weekend.

Paul Toole

Paul Toole

“We need to remember we’ve had extremely wet weather over recent weeks, and as the large-scale recovery operation to repair flood-damaged roads is underway, it’s crucial that drivers plan ahead for potential road closures and how that may impact on journey times.

“It is more important than ever to pay attention, drive to the conditions and be aware of speed limits because we don’t want to see families torn apart by the impacts of road accidents. Remember, every police car has the ability to conduct random breath tests, so don’t risk drinking and driving,” said Deputy Premier Toole.

Tara McCarthy

Tara McCarthy

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation, Tara McCarthy said speeding, fatigue and drink driving remain the biggest killers on NSW roads.

“Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you’re well rested and never drink or drug drive. It’s also a good idea to visit livetraffic.com to plan your journey beforehand,” said Ms McCarthy.

Easter Operation 2022 began at 12.01am today (Thursday, 14 April) and continues until 11.59pm Monday, 18 April.

Image and video: NSW Police

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