Survive the drive these school holidays

Don't be a statistic: Young police are urging drivers to slow down and arrive safely at your destination these school holidays.
Don't be a statistic: Young police are urging drivers to slow down and arrive safely at your destination these school holidays.

Young police are imploring road users to slow down and travel safely ahead of the upcoming school holidays.

So far this year, 106 lives have already been lost on New South Wales roads.

NSW Police have launched Operation Merret, which they call an “unorthodox and proactive approach to road policing” that aims to empower motorists to make the right decision on the road.

In four weeks since the start of Operation Merret, more than 30,000 infringements have been issued for a variety of offences including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving.

Officer In Charge of the Young Police Station Paul Martyn said more than 130 people were charged with speeding infringements over the Easter long weekend which “astounded” officers on duty.

“We had 139 drivers charged with speeding infringements and 30 more with other infringements over Easter,” he said. 

District Commander Christopher Schilt said too many people chose to put themselves and others at risk over school holiday periods.

“The fact that more than 130 drivers chose to speed in the Hilltops region during Easter shows that there are still too many putting themselves and others at risk,” he said.

“It is just amazing that people still don’t get the message and take the hints that we are giving them.”

Mr Schilt urged all road users to take personal responsibility and stay alert on NSW roads over the busy school holiday period.

“With an increase in road users over the school holidays, we are urging all road users to be vigilant and take personal responsibility for their actions on the road,” he said.

“While everyone is excited about the holidays, it is not worth the risk of speeding or driving while tired in order to get to your destination. 

“We’re asking you to manage your trip, slow down, take regular breaks, avoid distractions, and ensure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt.

“It is much more important to arrive safely, than not to arrive at all.”