Double demerits in effect this Easter long weekend

 Police will have an increased presence on NSW roads this long weekend.
Police will have an increased presence on NSW roads this long weekend.

Police urge motorists to slow down and stay alert this Easter long weekend.

Double demerits come into effect from 12.01am on Thursday, April 18 and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday, April 22.

There will be an increased police presence on the state's roads over the coming days as part of NSW Police's Operation Tortoise.

Police will target speeding, mobile phone, seat belt and motorcycle helmet offences.

NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said police expected more cars on the road over the upcoming Easter and Anzac Day holidays.

"Driving when you are tired compromises your judgement and leaves you more at risk of being involved in a crash, which could be deadly," he said.

"That's why it is so important to take a rest break from driving every couple of hours.

"We want motorists to take to the road responsibly and safely and remember any road they travel on there is a good chance police will be there too."

Driving when you are tired compromises your judgement and leaves you more at risk of being involved in a crash, which could be deadly.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said police would be out in force to ensure motorists obeyed speed limits.

"This is an exciting time of year when families get together and enjoy themselves," he said.

:We want everyone to have a great time during the break.

"Often families hit the road for a holiday with the kids, so we want every motorist to take great care behind the wheel this Easter and ensure they arrive safety at their destination."