Police have launched Operation Australia Day 2022, a high-visibility operation on roads and highways to address speeding, drink driving and other dangerous acts.
While double demerits won't be in effect, police will be increasing their presence on the roads in both metro and regional NSW until the end of the operation on February 2.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said the absence of double demerits isn't an excuse for drivers to flout the rules.
"Police will take a zero-tolerance approach to road users endangering the lives of others through careless behaviour such as drink driving and speeding," said Deputy Premier Toole.
"We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and enjoy Australia Day and the remainder of the holidays before school returns."
"In the spirt of Australia Day, let's show comradery and look out for each other on our roads by slowing down, driving to the conditions, being patient, and not driving under the influence."
Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Hegarty said that the usual operation had been extended to cover the return to school.
"We are expecting roads across the state to be busy as people celebrate Australia Day and families return from travel destinations ahead of the start of school early next month," Assistant Commissioner Hegarty said.
"Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be targeting everything from drinking and drug driving to speeding and fatigue, in a bid to keep you and your loved ones safe.
He encouraged drivers to report rule-breaking and dangerous driving to Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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