Police to saturate our roads for next three weeks

NSW Police will be out in force over the next three weeks as Operation Saturation commences, in an effort to combat the rising road toll.

Operation Saturation - funded by the NSW Centre for Road Safety - will include the entire Traffic and Highway Patrol fleet, assisted by local police, in high-visibility patrols on NSW roads.

The operation starts Friday (April 8) and runs until Thursday, April 21. It will immediately be followed by Operation GO SLOW, from Friday, April 22 until Monday, April 25.

THWP state operations commander Superintendent Stuart Smith said personal responsibility remains the missing the factor on the roads.

"We have some of the best roads, latest technology and safest vehicles. What is missing from the equation is personal responsibility," Supt Smith said.

"With 100 people losing their lives in NSW this year alone, 18 more than the same time last year, road users need to be alert, wise and careful.

"We will be out in force and if you are drink/drug driving, speeding, not wearing your seat belt or helmet, the chances are you will be having a conversation with an officer during this operation.

"So, slow down for your own sake and that of other road users, let's all get home safely and help combat the increasing road toll."

Superintendent Smith said the high-visibility police operation will include a sustained period of enforcement and involve layers of policing involving general duties officers and leads into Operation GO SLOW.

"There will be 1000 additional THWP shifts during the operation and we will be testing for drug and drink-driving, enforcing speed limits and checking heavy vehicle compliance," Supt Smith said.

Bernard Carlon, executive director, Centre for Road Safety, said school holidays are a wonderful opportunity for families to pile into the car and get away, but urged responsible behaviour on the road.

"NSW Police, in partnership with the Centre for Road Safety, will conduct targeted road safety activities using available shifts and staff, with funding for a further 10,000 enforcement hours from the Centre for Road Safety," Carlon said.

"We don't want to see you and your family become a statistic during a happy time of the year. Our message to drivers is: don't drive while you're tired, don't touch your mobile phone and don't rush."  

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