Holiday traffic builds on Hway
MOTORISTS are advised to plan their trip and allow extra travel time, as heavy traffic heads out of Sydney for the start of the Christmas/New Year holidays.
Traffic volumes on the Pacific Highway almost triple at this time of year.
"Roads out of Sydney are expected to be very busy over the holiday season, especially for anyone driving north on the F3," a Transport Management Centre spokesperson said.
Delays are expected on the Pacific Highway at: Hexham, Buladehlah, Macksville, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour to Woolgoolga, Woodburn, Ballina and Tweed Heads.
"Traditionally parts of the Pacific Highway such as at Bulahdelah and Kempsey experience queuing of more than 10 kilometres at peak times.
"In some cases, this can add more than two hours to travel times.
"Parts of the Pacific Highway on the North Coast and Mid North Coast experience an increase in traffic volumes over the holiday season of over 100%."
NSW Police Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Carlene York said police have a strong message for motorists - don't flout the road rules or you could be putting yourself and other road-users at risk.
"Speed and alcohol are two of the biggest killers on regional roads," Ms York said. "Highway Patrol officers will be out in force this Christmas and holiday season targeting speeding and alcohol.
"Every police vehicle is a RBT unit and motorists are warned that if you drink and drive you will be caught."
So far this year more than 100 people have died in fatal collisions in the Northern Region.
Once again many lives have been lost on Coffs Coast roads. Motorists heading off on a long trip should drive to the conditions, take plenty of breaks and allow additional travel time" the spokesperson said.
Holidaymakers should also check the latest travel conditions before leaving by visiting www.livetraffic.com, calling 132 701 or downloading Live Traffic NSW for their iPhone.