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These are the people police will be targeting over the long weekend

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By staff writer

NSW Police have launched Easter Operation 2022 – a "highly visible police traffic operation with a focus on reducing road fatalities and road trauma" over the holiday weekend.

Easter Operation 2022 begins at 12.01am tomorrow (Thursday April 14, 2022) and runs until 11:59pm on Monday April 18, 2022.

Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking will be targeted.

In NSW seven people lost their lives during the Easter long weekend in 2021 and more than 300 people were caught under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic and Highway Patrol commander, acting assistant commissioner Paul Glinn said a significant number of police resources would have a dedicated focus on road safety throughout the five-day operation.

“The number of people who blatantly disregarded the road rules last year and put the broader community at risk was unacceptable,” Glinn said.

“Make no mistake that our police will be out and about this weekend – including on major road networks and on local streets – to catch those doing the wrong thing.”

In addition to targeting drink driving, Police will also have a focus on targeting drivers that are speeding, drug driving, not wearing seatbelts and distracted by mobile phones.

Deputy premier and minister for police Paul Toole: "We need to remember we’ve had extremely wet weather over recent weeks, and as the large-scale recovery operation to repair flood-damaged roads is underway, it’s crucial that drivers plan ahead for potential road closures and how that may impact on journey times."

He warned drivers to "remember, every police car has the ability to conduct random breath tests, so don’t risk drinking and driving".

Speeding, fatigue and drink driving remain the biggest killers on NSW roads, police said.

Transport for NSW deputy secretary of safety environment & regulation, Tara McCarthy, said drivers should "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 never drink or drug drive".

She also advised motorists to check on the site to plan ahead.


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