NSW Police are increasing the number of cars and motorcycles to the Tweed Heads area in the lead up to, and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which are being held in the weeks prior to the NSW School Holidays.
‘This deployment is a large scale response to the increased traffic volumes expecting to be travelling north to the games and the increased traffic volumes in and around Tweed Heads,’ said a police spokesperson.
‘There will be six bikes and 21 cars a day between 1–17 April 2018, as well as local cluster Highway Patrol resources operating at full operational capacity during the games.’
The planning of this operation was conducted in conjunction with the NSW Police Northern Region and updates from the operation will be provided to Queensland Police.
‘Historically this period sees an increase in traffic heading north and combined with the Commonwealth Games being held two weeks before the NSW School holidays, it was a prudent move to have an additional number of Traffic and Highway Patrol motorcycles in the area.
‘The additional officers will provide support to the Northern Region Highway Patrol to ensure those making their way to and from Queensland in the lead up to, during and after the Commonwealth, do so safely.
‘We appeal to those who are intending on taking a road trip to Queensland during this period to plan their trip, take regular breaks, and don’t do anything foolish which could endanger their lives as well as the lives of their passengers and other road users.’