Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn have urged drivers to slow down and put safety first this Easter, as the NSW Government takes further action to reduce the road toll.
Double demerit points will be in place and NSW Police Force have launched an operation to enforce road safety over the long weekend, including a high-visibility presence right across the State.
Ms Berejiklian also announced today, during a visit to the NSW South Coast, that a new safety barrier and rumble strips have been built at the location of Boxing Day’s tragic crash involving the Falkholt family.
Upgrades on the Princes Highway near Bendalong were fast-tracked to ensure completion by Easter. Further work to widen the road begins in April.
“These are just a small part of the safety improvements being funded through our Road Safety Plan,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The NSW Government has introduced laws to Parliament addressing drug-driving and enabling cameras to detect drivers distracted by their mobile phones. We are expecting advice on other issues, such as speeding, and will introduce more legislation if required.
“Crashes don’t just impact the drivers involved – they tear families apart and cause unimaginable grief among our communities,” the Premier added.
“Please slow down, think of others and the impact you could have on their lives.”
Deputy Commissioner Specialist Support Catherine Burn said, "Driving is a privilege not a right and motorists need to be accountable for their decisions.”
Minister for Police Troy Grant added, “The choices you make impact other road users. Don’t risk lives by making poor decisions.”
Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock urged motorists to take care over the Easter break.