POLICE will be ‘out in force’ on the highways this long weekend in an effort to keep the roads safe.
Richmond Local Area Command crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, said people should allow extra time for their trips.
“Traffic does increase dramatically at this time of the year,” he said.
“People should drive to both road conditions and their ability.
“There will be extra delays on the highways because of roadworks in Ballina and Tintenbar, and at Alstonville.”
Speeding, seatbelt and other traffic-related offences will attract double demerit points over the long weekend.
Snr Const Hogan said Bluesfest punters should follow the directions of traffic instructors and be ‘extremely careful’ when walking near the festival venue.
Other holiday safety tips include:
Ask neighbours to watch your home if you’re going away;
Put away items such as shovels and ladders;
Secure valuables at caravan parks, including eskies with alcohol, fishing rods, surfboards and laptops.
Beach-goers are also reminded to swim between the flags.
Extra lifeguards will be on duty across the Northern Rivers, Northern NSW Lifeguard co-ordinator Scott McCartney said.