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Police Plead With School Holiday Crowds To Be Safe

With more than 100 lives lost on NSW roads already this year, police are calling on all road users to slow down and travel safely ahead of the upcoming school holidays.

This year, road users are being urged to think about how their driving can impact others, through Operation Merret.

In four weeks since the start of the operation 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.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn urged all road users to take personal responsibility and stay alert on the road over the busy school holiday period.

“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,” she said.

Some of the top tips include managing your trip, slowing down, taking regular breaks, avoiding distractions and making sure everyone wears a seat belt.

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

The school holidays begin Friday 13 April at the end of the school day and conclude on Monday 30 April 2018.

Extra traffic is expected on major routes across NSW over the next few days as families head to popular holiday destinations.

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