Motorists are being reminded to drive carefully with increased traffic expected over the coming days.
Operation ANZAC Day 2023 will launch at 12.01am on Friday 21 April 2023, with double demerit points in place until 11.59pm on Tuesday 25 April 2022, coinciding with the end of the school holidays and ANZAC Day.
The reminder comes after the recent Easter long weekend traffic operation, where more than 5000 speed infringements were issued, and 326 PCA charges laid across the state.
Tragically, seven people lost their lives during the operation.
Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism, Yasmin Catley, has urged anyone planning to drive to local dawn services and other commemorative events to do so safely.
“ANZAC Day is about honouring our wonderful armed forces and veterans, so we want everyone to arrive safely,” Minister Catley said.
“In the spirit of ANZAC Day, let’s show comradery and look out for each other on our roads by slowing down, driving to the conditions, being patient, and not driving under the influence.”
The high-visibility policing operation will involve general duties officers, assisted by specialist police, including the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Mounted Unit, PolAir, Licensing Police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Police Transport Command.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Tracy Chapman, said police will be targeting high-risk behaviours such as excessive speed, alcohol and drug driving offences, illegal use of mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.
The goal is preventing injury and death.
Tragically this year, 109 people have died on NSW roads, a concerning increase of 12 deaths compared to this time last year.