Police out in force this weekend

TWEED police will be out in force this Easter issuing double demerit points to anyone caught speeding.

Operation Tortoise began at midnight last night and will run until the same time on Easter Monday.

Double demerit points now apply for all speeding, helmet and seatbelt offences.

“NSW Police have zero tolerance for speed, drivers and passengers not wearing their seatbelts or helmets and drink-driving,” Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens said.

“All of these are factors in fatal accidents state-wide.”

Police are also warning that they will be checking highways and back roads.

“If every driver in NSW sticks to the speed limit, wears seat belts, takes regular breaks and doesn't drink and drive, it will go a long way towards minimising our Easter road toll.

“No one wants to lose a family member or friend.”

Mr Owens said police were hoping for a fatality-free Easter period like last year.

During last year's Easter operation police attended 705 major crashes; booked 6711 speeders, conducted 200,463 breath tests and charged 508 drink drivers.

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