Hodgkinson Reminds Drivers Of Operation Tortoise Easter Long Weekend 2016

Hodgkinson Reminds Drivers Of Operation Tortoise Easter Long Weekend 2016

New South Wales Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson

Operation Tortoise-Katrina Urges Road Safety This Easter Long Weekend

Victor P Taffa

Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson is urging every road user to take care this Easter long weekend with the road toll already rising.

“This years’ road toll is already up on the same time last year.” Ms. Hodgkinson said.

“Police will deploy officers across the state to try and reduce the road toll and the message is clear don’t drink and/or take drugs, drive to the conditions, slow down and take breaks and remember to look out for other road users.”

“Officers across the state will be conducting breath tests, drug tests, and licence checks, assessing fatigue or distraction and enforcing proper restraint use.” Ms. Hodgkinson said.

“Police are warning motorists they will be out in force to ensure people are doing the right thing on the road.”

“I’m also urging motorists to be sensible on the road and make sure they get to their destinations safely.” Ms. Hodgkinson said.

Double demerits apply during Operation Tortoise and will target speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a helmet.

Ms. Hodgkinson said every resource is being put to use this Easter long weekend.

“New South Wales Police and other emergency services are making every effort to reduce the road toll drivers just need to meet them in the middle.” Ms. Hodgkinson said.

“We want to encourage people to celebrate the Easter festivities, but do so safely, so that they get back home to their loved ones.”

Double Demerits come into effect from 00:01 hrs on Thursday 24 March and conclude at 11:59 hrs on Monday 28 March.