Double demerit points in place from midnight
WITH the state's road's about to be full of holiday makers from this weekend, NSW Police have one wish for the Christmas period - no deaths on our roads.
To help the police get their wish, Operation Safe Arrival starts at midnight tonight with drivers being targetted.
Double demerits will be in place between midnight tonight and Wednesday 1 January 2014 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.
Throughout the campaign, police will be out in larger numbers state-wide, targeting drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use, mobile-phone use and other types of dangerous driving.
The operation aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury during what is traditionally the busiest time of year on NSW roads.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher said accidents can happen in a split second.
"It's simply not worth taking the risk or being foolish on the roads. It's not just your life you are putting in danger, but the lives of motorists and passengers around you," Minister Gallacher said.
"As a former Highway Patrol officer, I have seen too many times the devastating aftermath of an accident.
"There are few greater tragedies than losing a loved one in a road accident, particularly at this time of the year."