Inspector Gary Cowan said police would be on the look out for motorists breaking speed limits this Easter.
Inspector Gary Cowan said police would be on the look out for motorists breaking speed limits this Easter. Jay Cronan

Beware speeders, demerits apply

DRIVERS south of the border will face double demerit points for all speeding, seat belt and helmet offences starting tomorrow as part of the annual Easter road safety campaign.

Extra police will be on duty throughout the Tweed Byron Local Area Command as part of Operation Tortoise.

Inspector Gary Cowan said motorists breaking the law could expect to be caught.

"We're out there looking for you," Insp Cowan said.

This year NSW Police are urging motorists to go "back to basics" and remember how cautious they were as learner drivers.

"When we learn to drive, we are aware of our surroundings, we drive to the road and weather conditions, we always obey the speed limit, we always put our seat belt on and we stay alert whenever we are behind the wheel," Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.

He said it was easy for drivers to become complacent and too confident in their own ability.

"Driving or riding develops into a natural skill, but we should always remember the basic, good driver behaviours," Comm Scipione said.

"It's one thing to risk your own safety through bad driver behaviour, but that risk also endangers other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

"The solution is simple.

"Get your heads into gear before you put your car into gear."

During last year's operation five people were killed on NSW roads.

More than 280,000 breath tests were conducted, 585 drivers were booked for drink driving, 4,387 were caught speeding and 8,354 other offences were detected during the six-day operation last year.

Double demerit points for NSW drivers will apply from midnight tonight until midnight on Monday night.



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