Drivers in the Goulburn electorate are being reminded to travel safely this long weekend as the NSW Police officially launch Operation Slow Down.

The annual road safety enforcement operation started at 12.01am on Friday 4 October 2019 and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 7 October 2019.

Double demerits will be in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said five lives were lost in four fatal crashes on NSW roads during the 2018 Operation Slow Down period.

“The last thing we want to see is more tragedy on our roads this long weekend,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Mrs Tuckerman said long weekends are a much-celebrated opportunity to jump in the car with your loved ones and escape for a few days of fun.

“Remember fatigue continues to be one of the biggest killers on our roads, so if you’re travelling long distances be sure to stop and take regular rest breaks,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Mrs Tuckerman added drivers also need to stop and think about the impact of their behaviour on other road users.

“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, not wearing a seat belt or getting distracted could have devastating consequences – so don’t risk your life, or the lives of others, over something stupid,” Mrs Tuckemran said.

“If you’re enjoying a drink with friends or family then don’t get behind the wheel. Have a ‘Plan B’ so you can make sure you and your loves ones get home safely.”

The NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Crash Investigation Unit will be out in force, with 1350 officers patrolling the state’s roads during the operation.

For more helpful road safety tips, visit: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/index.html