NSW Police are encouraging road users to look out for each other while travelling on NSW roads over Easter, ahead of a state-wide operation.
Easter Operation will begin at 12.01am on Thursday, April 1 and run until 11:59pm on Monday, April 5.
Lithgow Police Sergeant Darryl Goodwin said the operation would be a target blanket on all offences with double-demerits in force.
"We will be looking for the usual offences of high-risk driver behaviour including speeding, drink driving, drug driving and mobile phone use ," he said.
Srgt Goodwin reminded people to be extra careful, with NSW roads expected to be busy over the long weekend.
He said it was important to stay safe on the roads not only over the Easter holiday period but always.
"It's important to slow down especially if you want to go home safely to family and friends.
"And you don't want to be getting tickets for things that are uncalled for like being on your mobile phone, don't do it, get your hand off it," he said.
He said police in the Lithgow area would be patrolling Newnes over the weekend as well.
"We will be targeting trail bikes, ATVs and driving offences like unregistered vehicles up at Newnes all weekend," he said.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said anyone travelling regionally should ensure they plan their trip well in advance and drive to the conditions.
"A large-scale clean-up and recovery operation is underway around the state, but especially in regional NSW where many major roads remain closed or effected by flood damage.
"Don't risk yours or your passenger's safety when you're travelling this long weekend, factor in the delays and alternative routes you may need to take due to the flood damage and please be patient."
Motorists should plan their trip in advance using livetraffic.com or by visiting the SES website.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there is no excuse for bad behaviour on our roads over the holiday period.
"Many communities throughout the state are still dealing with the effects of devastating flooding and it is important nobody adds to the heartache," Mr Elliott said.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance is urging drivers to slow down this weekend and plan trips in advance.
"Almost half of all fatalities on our roads last year involved excessive speeding, and each one of those deaths was preventable," he said.
"Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don't speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you're well rested and if you've been drinking or have taken drugs, don't drive."
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