Motorists are being urged to watch their speed, take a break and allow extra travel time when taking to the road during the Easter holidays.
In a continued bid to reduce the road toll, double demerits apply from today until midnight Monday 9 April inclusive, and will be in force for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.
Minister for police and emergency services Michael Gallacher today called on motorists to stop, revive and survive on the roads this Easter.
‘There were five deaths on NSW roads over Easter last year. I want zero fatalities this year,’ Minister Gallacher said.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said, ‘during Easter 2011, there were 20-kilometre queues at Kempsey and 15-kilometre queues at Bulahdelah. There were also long delays at Macksville, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Tweed Heads’.
Changed traffic conditions will be in place around the Ballina and Tweed areas over Easter and the school holidays.
Motorists are reminded that the speed limits on the southbound lanes of the Pacific Highway at the Banora Point upgrade are 80km but at least no Pacific Highway upgrade work will be carried out during public holiday long weekend.
Motorists are also encouraged to make use of Driver Reviver sites across the state.
‘There are about 1400 rest areas across the state and many of these have toilets, picnic tables, playgrounds and shaded areas to relax and unwind before setting off on the road again,’ Mr Provest said.
A full list of these sites can be viewed at www.rms.nsw.gov.au, and information on
traffic conditions is available at www.livetraffic.com or by calling the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.