Police launch highway blitz

NSW Police have launched a statewide crackdown on the Pacific Highway.
NSW Police have launched a statewide crackdown on the Pacific Highway.

NSW Police has commenced a four-month traffic blitz on the Pacific Highway to improve road safety. 

Operation National Route One will run from March to June, focusing on the enforcement of speeding, drink-driving and other unsafe driving behaviours such as fatigue.

Officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will conduct extensive patrols of the Pacific Highway from Hexam through to the NSW and Queensland border.

Police say the Coffs Coast will be a particular focus, given the number of driver complaints reported each day.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said police are working closely with Roads and Maritime Services to reduce further road trauma.

"The Pacific Highway is one of the state's busiest highways and has proven to be one of the most dangerous,"  Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"Tragically, five people have already died on the Pacific Highway so far this year.

"Speeding, drink-and-drug-driving and fatigue are known killers on the road.

"Operation National Route One is in place to combat these and other unsafe driver behaviours.

Last year, 25 people were killed in 22 crashes on the Pacific Highway and speeding was a significant contributing factor in many of these crashes.

In addition, NSW Police Force and RMS will be targeting heavy vehicle safety, with particular attention to speeding, speed limiter tampering and driver fatigue.

"All motorists have a responsibility to themselves - and to all other road users - to obey the speed limit and drive responsibly. 

For all information on general travel information, visit the Roads and Maritime Service website at

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