The long weekend fast approaches, and while it may be different this time without double demerits, police warns they will still have a very active presence.
Acting District Commander David Cooper said while more police would be out and about, they were relying on people to do the right thing.
The Acting Superintendent said it didn't seem strange to not be enforcing double demerit points, but instead it felt like the right thing after the community's tough time with the recent pandemic restrictions.
"Ultimately people have been through enough with COVID and we are relying on people's good will to do the right thing," he said.
This long weekend the same things will be on their radar, with a focus on speeding, fatigue, and drug and alcohol related offences.
Main roads, back roads, there will "definitely be an increased police presence" on our roads.
"There is also a pretty severe weather system for much of the region at the moment and we would urge motorists to drive to the conditions."
It is essential that all drivers planning on travelling in NSW this long weekend comply with the existing Public Health Orders.
Operation October Long Weekend starts at 12.01am on Friday October 1 and fends at 11.59pm on Monday.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott announced that the customary double-demerits process would be suspended for the duration of the October Long Weekend to give people a break.
"It's been a long, tough COVID-blighted year in NSW and the long weekend marks a point in this journey where we can see the finishing line," Mr Elliott said.
"Stay-at-home orders continue to apply to much of NSW, so the only people on the roads in lockdown areas should be those with a reasonable excuse.
"This is in no way a green light for drivers to break the rules - and Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be out in force as usual - but this weekend we won't be doubling-up the demerits," Minister Elliott said.
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