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Police urge road users to Arrive Alive this festive season

Media Release

WITH the road toll currently at 332, 35 more than the same time last year, police are appealing to all road users to Arrive Alive during the upcoming holiday season.

Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations Catherine Burn said the one wish police have this Christmas is for everyone to Arrive Alive.

“We’ve all worked very hard this year and are looking forward to spending some quality time with friends and family this festive season. Let this time be one of celebration, an occasion where all the seats at the Christmas table are filled,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

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Police urge holiday-makers to drive safely and Arrive Alive during the upcoming Christmas holiday season. (Image: www.news.com.au)

Operation Arrive Alive, a six-week state-wide high-visibility Traffic and Highway Patrol operation, will kick off on Friday 12.01am (18 December 2015), and will focus on reducing road trauma. The operation will run until Tuesday (26 January 2016).

“So far this year, 35 more people have died compared to the same time last year. This should stir strong emotions in all of us. Our officers and other emergency services personnel deal with these tragedies every day and feel very strongly about this, and so should everyone else. This is every road user’s responsibility. That means drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and riders. We can all contribute and help stem this tragic and often avoidable loss of life.

“As we approach the holiday season, I am urging all road users to avoid taking risks and display responsible driving behaviour to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely.

“For far too long, the irresponsible decisions made by a few have left a tragic impact on many. Families, friends and communities all suffer as a result of one wrong decision and it is time for that to stop.

“We will have the NSW Highway Patrol, assisted by local police, out on the roads to remind motorists of their responsibility on the road. While we will put every resource available into the operation, it is up to you, the road user, to do the right thing.

“Arrive Alive to your destination, it is your responsibility not to speed, to manage fatigue, not to drink or drug drive, avoid distractions and wear a seat belt or a helmet. Your decision might be the difference between dying, killing someone, or arriving alive and sparing another family unbearable heartache,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

In last year’s holiday period, nine people died in eight fatal crashes, and police are appealing to everyone to make this holiday period fatality-free.

As part of Operation Arrive Alive, double demerit points will apply for speeding, mobile phone use, seatbelt and helmet use. Double demerits will apply from 24 December 2015 to January 3 2016 and from 22 January 2016 to to 26 January 2016 inclusive.