SES volunteers Jo Stanley and John Hughston hope this Easter weekend is quiet.
SES volunteers Jo Stanley and John Hughston hope this Easter weekend is quiet.

Police on patrol over Easter

LIKE the rest of Australia, SES worker Caroline Ortel is hoping to have a relaxing long weekend.

This, however, rests on the shoulders of people taking to the roads this Easter long weekend.

“We are really hoping that people take it slow and steady, which will result in a quiet weekend for us,” she said.

“Of course we will be on hand to aid people in any unfortunate situations.”

With people sure to make the most of the rare five-day weekend, NSW Police enforced Operation Tortoise at 12.01am this morning and it will conclude at 11.59pm Tuesday.

During this period, double demerit points apply for all speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences in an effort to replicate the Easter long weekend of 2008 in which no lives were lost on NSW roads.

During last year’s Easter operation, police booked 7183 people for speeding, conducted 227,517 random breath tests and charged 463 people with drink-driving offences. Police also attended 634 major crashes.

In 2009, there were nine deaths over Easter, while last year had three, so police will be saturating the state’s roads again this Easter, which then rolls into Anzac Day.

We are really hoping that people take it slow and steady. 



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