Operation Safe Return launched

OPERATION Safe Return commenced last night with double demerit points in force until midnight on Tuesday in an attempt to stem the recent horrifying road statistics.

The double demerits apply to all speed, seatbelt, and helmet offences detected during the Australia Day long weekend.

Police will be out in force across the Richmond and Tweed-Byron local area commands throughout the holiday with extra random breath testing units scheduled.

Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley pleaded with drivers to act responsibly over the holiday weekend.

He launched the operation beside car wrecks involved in fatal and serious injury collisions in an attempt to illustrate the devastating consequences of irresponsible driving.

“Speeding, drink-driving, and driver fatigue are known factors which increase the chance of a collision, and can result in drivers and their passengers sustaining fatal or serious injuries,” he said.

The Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit’s Sen Sgt Peter Jenkins said the repercussions of collisions were far-reaching.

“A fatal or serious injury crash not only has tragic con- sequences for those travelling in the vehicle, it is also devastating for their family, friends, and the emergency workers,” he said.

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