Police declare Operation Slowdown on NSW roads

 NSW police have called on holiday-makers to drive more carefully over the Labour Day long weekend.

With wet weather having made roads slippery in many parts of the state, Traffic Services Commander, Chief Superintendent John Hartley, has implored motorists to take extra care.

“Rain has been falling across the state during the past 24 hours and it’s timely to warn drivers to adjust to the changing conditions,” Ch Supt Hartley said.

“Roadways can become extremely slippery in the wet and visibility is reduced, particularly during a downpour, so reduce your speed and leave a reasonable distance between vehicles to ensure you can stop in an emergency.”

One day into the operation there have already been two fatalities and more than 1,000 speeding infringements.

A male motor-cyclist died in hospital after his bike collided with a semi-trailer on Bells Line Of Road yesterday.  And a man died in an accident on Murringo Road at Boorowa in the state’s south.

A number of people have been charged with high-range driving offences, including a 35-year-old Pendle Hill man who returned a blood alcohol reading of 1.5 and an 18-year-old Bolton point man who was clocked driving at 160kph on the F3 Freeway.

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