Police will be out in force from today as Operation Stay Alert kicks off for the long weekend.
Batemans Bay Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Angus Duncombe said the Kings Highway would be one of the priorities, following an operation police ran last weekend when they issued 12 traffic infringement notices within two hours.
He said one driver was speeding at 146km/h in a 90 zone, and another four were driving at 130km/h in a 90 zone.
Sgt Duncombe said driver impatience was still prevalent on the road.
“One passenger said maybe we should be booking people who are driving too slow,” he said.
“I can understand why he was in the passenger seat.”
He also warned Eurobodalla drivers that officers from Sydney would help patrol the Kings and Princes Highways this weekend, while the local highway patrol officers would be out in force.
“Obviously our focus is going to be on a highly visible presence right across the command,” he said.
Operation Stay Alert began just after midnight this morning. It will continue until midnight Monday with double demerit points in force.
Police will be watching for speeding, drink-driving and other offences, and drivers can expect to find RBTs and mobile radar cameras.
During the 2011 June long weekend four people were killed on the roads across NSW, nearly 400 drivers were charged with drink driving, and 4460 were issued with infringement notices for speeding.
Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said drivers should focus on the basics of slowing down and driving to the road conditions.
“Police urge motorists to ‘stay alert’ and by this we mean making sure you focus on the road this weekend,” he said.
“The best news I could have as a Deputy Commissioner is that not one life has been lost on our roads this long weekend.”
He said drivers should focus on the simple tasks that were at the forefront of their minds when first getting their licence, such as taking care, slowing down, driving to the road conditions and leaving plenty of time to travel to their destination.
“We can sometimes forget what the main focus is when driving. When we start out and get our licence we are alert to what is happening while driving, what the speed limit is; and, what the weather conditions are like,” he said.
“This needs to be in the forefront of our minds with the increased number of cars on the roads over the long weekend.”