TWEED may have avoided any major incidents over the Easter weekend, but the double demerits aren't over.

Police have urged returning holiday-makers to be careful, after two people died on NSW roads at the weekend.

Operation Tortoise, a high-visibility, state-wide traffic blitz, will end at 11.59pm tonight.

About 12.30pm on Saturday April 19 a car and truck collided at Tyndale, south of Maclean.

The car's driver, a 71-year-old man, died at the scene and the truck driver, 55, and his passenger were taken to hospital.

Three hours later, a 76-year-old male cyclist died after a collision with a car in Mosman.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said police were saddened and disappointed by the incidents, after a positive start to the Easter period.

"We are expecting increased volumed of traffic in the next 24 hours as people head home from the Easter long weekend, so we are urging everyone to drive safely, responsible, and according to the rules of the road," he said.

So far, 129 people have been injured in 421 major crashes across NSW over the Easter long weekend - down from last year.

During the first three days of Operation Tortoise, police conducted over 176,800 breath tests, resulting in 133 drink driving charges - 171 fewer than last year.

Operation Tortoise will be followed by Operation Go Slow, which will run between April 24 and 27, covering the Anzac Day long weekend and the end of school holidays.

Double demerits will be back in force for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences throughout the operation.



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