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Police still out in force

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The NSW Police Easter safety campaign Operation Tortoise kicked off at midnight and targets speeding, mobile phone usage, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences, all of which will attract double demerit points over the Easter long weekend.

Murray River Police District Inspector Paul Hugget said while Coronavirus has impacted the way police operate, and it should mean people are avoiding all non essential travel, officers will continue to be out in force over the long weekend.

‘‘Hopefully traffic numbers will be down due to the travel restrictions in regional New South Wales,’’ Insp Hugget said.

‘‘But if police find drivers or people in breach of social distancing guidelines, they will receive a fine.

‘‘You can receive a $1000 fine just for attempting to go camping.’’

Under the Public Health Act, a person must not leave their home without a reasonable excuse.

These rules do not prohibit people from going to the supermarket and pharmacy, going to and from work if you cannot work from home, going to medical appointments, or leaving for some brief exercise in your own neighbourhood.

The state-wide road safety operation will end at 11.59pm on Monday.

To report non-compliance with public health orders, phone CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.