NSW: Operation Slowdown For Wet Long Weekend, Double Demerits Photo:
Mike Stevens | Sep, 29 2011 | 0 Comments

New South Wales police officers will be out in force as Operation Slowdown kicks off at midnight tomorrow, with wet weather predicted for much of the long weekend.

With fuel prices also expected to rise, police say the potential for anger on the roads over the rainy and costly weekend is high.

Police have also warned that double demerit points will be in effect for speeding and restraint offences.

“This operation is about catching those motorists who not only put themselves at risk but endanger the lives of other innocent road users,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

“There will be increased traffic on many of our major roads this long weekend and the highly-visible police presence will hopefully discourage motorists from breaking the law."

During last year’s Operation Slowdown, eight people were killed in crashes on the state’s roads. More than 4000 motorists were clocked speeding, while 300 others were charged with drink driving.

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