On footy day make safety your goal
Saturday, 1st October, 2011
Football fans be warned: Police will be out in force on our roads to catch law-breaking motorists this long weekend.
The annual Labour Day holiday weekend traffic blitz, Operation Slowdown, is underway and drivers face double demerit points for speeding and restraint offences.
“This operation is about catching those motorists who not only put themselves at risk but endanger the lives of other innocent road users,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.
“There will be increased traffic on many of our major roads this long weekend and the highly-visible police presence will hopefully discourage motorists from breaking the law.”
As excitement builds ahead of the NRL and AFL Grand Finals, Assistant Commissioner Hartley has warned footy fans against getting behind the wheel drunk.
“Whether you’re heading to the footy, watching it at the pub or going to a mate’s place for a barbecue, my message is the same: If you’re going to drink, then leave your car keys at home.”
During last year’s Operation Slowdown, eight people were killed in crashes on the state’s roads.
More than 4000 motorists were clocked speeding, while 300 others were charged with drink driving.
Operation Slowdown finishes at 11.59pm on Monday.