Police issue plea for drivers to slow down on busiest day

MORE than 1400 drivers were caught speeding on NSW roads on day three of the annual Easter traffic blitz.

Police yesterday appealed to motorists to slow down on the road today with traffic expected to be at its busiest as the Easter long weekend comes to an end.

The plea comes as police continue with Operation Tortoise which has targeted dangerous driving including drink and drug driving, mobile phone use and speeding.

In the three days since the operation was launched 4124 people in NSW have been issued speeding infringements by police.

Among those caught speeding was a 30-year-old Bella Vista man who is alleged to have been doing almost double the speed limit on the Pacific Hwy near Coffs Harbour.

The man had his licence suspended and registration plates confiscated after police detected him travelling in his Audi R8 sports car at 117kph in a 60kph zone on Friday.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said it is extremely disappointing to see drivers act irresponsibly.

"I want to remind all NSW drivers that Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be out in force over the long weekend and will catch you if you choose to break the law and risk lives," he said.

"Those who choose to speed will receive a significant fine and can expect the loss of demerit points, their licence, and possibly even their vehicle.

"The speed limits are in place for a reason, to save lives."

Forty-five people had been injured in 130 serious crashes across the state since the start of the Easter long weekend and last night the road toll for the period remained at one.

Nearly 225,000 breath tests have been conducted, with 144 people charged with drink driving.



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