POLICE have warned motorists to slow down and abide by the road rules or face the consequences this long weekend.
Operation Slowdown 2012 kicked off at 12am today and extra police are already patrolling the streets across the Canobolas local area command.
Motorists will face losing double demerit points across the four-day long weekend if caught by police.
Orange traffic and highway patrol command acting sergeant Mark Hevers said they would be targeting speed, fatigue and people not wearing seatbelts.
“If you’re feeling tired pull over and take a rest, no destination is worth dying for,” he said.
Police will also be targeting drink drivers with extra random breath tests being conducted across the weekend.
Acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith from the traffic and highway patrol said police maintained a high profile on all major traffic routes throughout the state with officers aiming to reduce the numbers of serious crashes by catching motorists who are breaking the law.
“The Labour Day long weekend sees an increased number of cars on the state’s roads,” acting assistant commissioner Smith said.
“If you choose to break the law by speeding, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt or engaging in any other form of reckless behaviour, we will catch you.”
During Operation Slowdown 2011, five people lost their lives on NSW roads, a further 4131 were caught speeding and 373 motorists were charged for drink driving.
Mr Hevers was unable to provide speeding and drink driving statistics for the Canobolas area during the October 2011 long weekend.
Operation Slowdown will conclude at 11.59pm on Monday, October 1