Forbes residents and holidaymakers planning a long weekend getaway are being reminded that double demerit points will be enforced.
Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, said: “For many, this long weekend will be the first opportunity to travel further afield since the COVID-19 travel restrictions were eased. I want to remind all drivers, that the road safety risks are still the same.”
“The double demerit point period will be in place for four days, commencing on Friday, 5 June and ending on Monday, 8 June,” Melanie said.
Parkes Highway Patrol Sergeant Martin Ling says Operation Stay Alert will run over the June long weekend.
“Highway Patrol will have a strong presence across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas this long weekend. We will be paying more attention to drink drivers and ask those intending to consume alcohol to take advantage of the local taxi service or use a designated driver,” Martin said.
With the cold weather predicted over the long weekend, driving conditions have changed with wet, slippery roads and increased traffic expected. Police are urging drivers to exercise extra caution.