Look After Your Mates This Australia Day Long Weekend

Ahead of the long weekend, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres today urged drivers and riders to look after their mates and help ensure they get home safely.

“It’s been a tough week with 12 lives tragically lost in the last seven days on NSW roads – and 24 people killed already this year in crashes – I don’t want to see you or your mate included in this number,” Mr Gay said.

“NSW has been through enough over the last month with lives not only lost on our roads but the awful events that brought our year to a close.

“Australia Day is a great opportunity for the people of NSW to pull together and spend time with their friends and families – let your hair down, have some fun but make sure if you leave with your family, you get home with your family.

“From Friday 23 January to Monday 26 January inclusive, double demerits will be in force so please, Think Twice before speeding, not using a seatbelt and not wearing a helmet.

“If you’re planning to have a few drinks, driving simply isn’t an option so make sure you have a Plan B. Don’t be an idiot and don’t let a few drinks ruin your life or worse, the lives of other innocent road users.

“Your choices affect everyone else on the road – be a good mate, look after your mates and also look after other people’s mates.”

Launching Operation Safe Return, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said high visibility police would be out in force targeting dangerous behaviour.

“Three people tragically lost their lives during last year’s Australia Day period – we don’t want to see anyone else pay the ultimate price,” Mr Ayres said.

“We know double demerits act as an effective road safety initiative with deaths on our roads during holiday periods reduced by a third since they were introduced, which is why they’ll be in force this long weekend.

“Police will be targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

“Also, don’t forget that after this long weekend – school zones are back in operation from 27 January.

“Road safety is our number one priority and we’re serious about doing everything we can to stop more lives being lost on our roads.”

For more reminders of the speed limit, download the Speed Adviser App, which provides audio alerts when the speed limit changes, including when you enter a school zone, or if you are speeding.