Police warning out for rally fans

POLICE were last night urging rally fans to take care on the roads and not try to emulate their racing heroes as they headed home.

Thousands of motor sport enthusiasts began to head home from Tweed last night after Repco Rally Australia wound up.

Police were encouraging motorists to plan their trip as there may be some delays with increased traffic expected on major routes across the region, including the Pacific Highway.

Tweed/Byron police local area and Operation Palisade commander superintendent Michael Kenny said one of the major concerns for police was speeding after several motorists were caught over the weekend.

“Speeding is the biggest contributing factor in deaths on NSW roads,” Supt Kenny said. “Trying to emulate your favourite racing car driver is not a good idea. They are highly trained and skilled professionals who perform within a controlled environment, not on the open road.”

Supt Kenny said both marked and unmarked highway patrol vehicles will remain in full force for the coming days.

“I strongly urge fans to obey the traffic laws and allow extra time for their trip as there will be thousands of motorists heading home on the region's roads in the coming days,” supt Kenny said.

Operation Palisade officially wrapped up late last night and all road closures for the rally and Speed on Tweed ended 7pm last night.



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