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Long weekend road crackdown


Tasmania Police is launching a blitz on driver behaviour for the Queen's Birthday weekend.

Between Friday and Monday they'll be increased patrols on the state's roads, both convert and high visibility. 

Acting Inspector Matthew Shea says operation ‘Safe Arrival’ is aimed at improving driver behaviours and removing unsafe motorists from the roads.

“With winter now here bringing adverse road conditions such as ice, rain and snow, it’s timely to urge all motorists to consider and reset their driving behaviours."

Anyone getting behind a wheel is being reminded of the Fatal Five: speeding, distractions, tiredness, not wearing a seatbelt and drink or drug driving.

“There are fines for disobeying the road rules, but the real penalty could be seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else in a crash that could have been avoided," Inspector Shea said. 

The State Emergency Service has set up a number of Driver Reviver sites around Tasmania.

There will be free tea and coffee on the Bass Highway at Paramatta Creek between Latrobe and Deloraine, the Midland Highway at St Peters Pass near Oatlands, the Tasman Highway at Sideling Lookout between Launceston and Scottsdale, and the Lyell Highway at Franklin River near Mt Arrowsmith.

“Our dedicated SES volunteers will be out supporting the community this long weekend, providing a reviver stop for all drivers, to encourage safe behaviours on our roads,” SES Acting Director Matthew Brocklehurst said.