Police urge safety on the road this Easter and Anzac period

Police are urging motorists to drive safely this Easter long weekend and Anzac day, to ensure everyone enjoys the holiday period.

Double demerit points will be in place from midnight Thursday, April 18 and will continue until Monday, April 22 as annual state-wide traffic operation 'Tortoise' begins. 

The operation is aimed at heightening public awareness to the dangers of excessive or inappropriate speed, alcohol and drug driving, fatigue, not wearing seat belts and helmets and distractions such as mobile phones during the Easter long weekend.

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Narromine Police Sergeant Michael Smith said safety should be the utmost priority for everyone travelling over the holiday period.

"The message is clear, we want everyone to behave responsibly on our roads and arrive safely at their destination," he said.

"Local Police will be assisted by the Orana Mid-Western Highway Patrol and will target a number of areas including speeding, fatigue and driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs."

Sergeant Smith also said an annual state-wide traffic enforcement operation will be in place from Wednesday, April 24 until Sunday, April 28 during the Anzac Remembrance period.

The operation 'Go Slow' is aimed at excessive or inappropriate speed, alcohol and drug driving, fatigue, not wearing seat-belts and distractions such as mobile phones.

Narromine police will also be highly visible at the Anzac Day community events, and later around local licensed premises. Police will be targeting alcohol related crime and anti social behavior.

"Anzac Day is a very important day for our community and I would hate to see such a special day spoilt by the poor behaviour of a few," Sergeant Smith said. 

"Police will not tolerate any incidents of violent or anti social behaviour and won't hesitate to issue penalty notices or court attendance notices for those who want to ruin the day for others."