Out in force for safety

POLICE urged motorists to slow down over the holiday period.

The Easter weekend is followed by the Anzac Day long weekend beginning this Friday.

More than 100 people have died on NSW roads this year, more than the 89 deaths at the same time last year.

Operation Tortoise targeted motorists over Easter just as Operation Go Slow will from this Thursday to Sunday.

Double demerits also apply for speeding, not wearing seatbelts or motorcycle helmets and other traffic offences.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said 2013's total number of road deaths, 339, was a record low.

"This is an encouraging sign that road users are starting to change their driving behaviour," Commissioner Scipione said.

"But we can never lose sight of the fact that so far this year 107 people have been killed on our roads.

"We are still detecting speeding, drink driving and distracted motorists on a daily basis."

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander John Hartley said drivers and passengers needed to ensure they were well prepared before heading out.

"Before heading out ensure you have had adequate rest, you're not under the influence and your mobile phone or tablet will not become a distraction on the journey," Commander Hartley said.

"Ensure you are all wearing seatbelts and that your driver has the ability to concentrate on the road."

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