Police launch Easter Operation 2021 from Thursday midnight

Local police are encouraging road users to look out for each other while travelling on local and NSW roads over Easter, ahead of a state-wide operation.

Easter Operation 2021 will begin at 12.01am Thursday April 1, 2021 and run until 11.59pm on Monday April 5, 2021.

Double-demerit points are in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Local officers will also be targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds: drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb is reminding road users to be extra careful, with NSW roads expected to be busy over the long weekend.

"With COVID-19 restricting travel last Easter, we expect people to take full advantage of being able to holiday across NSW and interstate this year," Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

"We want you to enjoy our beautiful state, but please drive carefully, particularly where roads may be unfamiliar.

"We want all of you to arrive at your destination and enjoy Easter with loved ones."

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there is no excuse for bad behaviour on our roads over the holiday period.

"Many communities throughout the state are still dealing with the effects of devastating flooding and it is important nobody adds to the heartache," Mr Elliott said.

"Double-demerit points are in force for a reason and Police officers will be stationed across NSW targeting high-risk behaviour."

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said anyone travelling regionally should ensure they plan their trip well in advance and drive to the conditions.

"Don't risk yours or your passenger's safety when you're travelling this long weekend, factor in the delays and alternative routes you may need to take due to the flood damage and please be patient," Mr Toole said.

Motorists are being encouraged to plan their trip in advance using livetraffic.com or by visiting the SES website.

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