NSW Police to launch Operation Safe Arrival

Backseat drivers are being encouraged to speak up in a bid to make sure no one dies on NSW roads this holiday season.

SAFE ARRIVAL: Passengers are being urged to speak up.

SAFE ARRIVAL: Passengers are being urged to speak up.

This follows an increase in passenger deaths compared to last year.

Already 367 lives have been on NSW roads this year. 

Of those who have lost their lives, 76 were passengers.

This is 24 more passengers killed in crashes when compared to 2016.

Operation Safe Arrival, which is in effect now, will continue until 11.59pm on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1.

Double demerits will be in place between Friday, December 22 and Monday, January 1, 2018 for all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.

Officers will be out in large numbers during the operation.

Deputy Commissioner Specialist Support, Catherine Burn, said passengers would play a major role in keeping themselves, their drivers, and other road-users safe these holidays.