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Operation Slow Down

Operation Slow Down

Double demerits will be in force across New South Wales

New South Wales police are running 'Operation Slow Down' as part of the Labour Day Long Weekend.

Running from midnight on Friday until 11:59pm on Monday, police will be patrolling the roads across the region.

Double demerits will be in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Inspector for the Murray River Police District Paul Huggett has urged motorists to plan their trip and be aware of other drivers.

"Drive to the prevailing conditions, make sure you take regular breaks," Insp. Huggett said.

"Just take your time and get there alive - the ownership is on everyone in the vehicle to make sure breaks are done, the driver is doing the right thing and is not fatigued, and you get there alive."

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The Deni Ute Muster will bring extra traffic through the Murray River district over the long weekend, and Insp. Huggett said roads will be busy.

"We know that traffic is going to be high so just take your time and be tolerant of people and where they're going," he said.

"Certainly on Sunday when everyone is travelling home, we've got a large amount of road users that may be potentially fatigued after the weekend's festivities up at Deni

"We know there's going to be a lot of cars on our local roads so be aware and be patient and tolerant of other drivers."

During the 2018 Operation Slow Down period, five lives were lost in four fatal crashes on NSW roads.

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