TOP COPS PLEAD WITH THE COMMUNITY
We understand everyone’s frustrations at this time, with many restrictions limiting what individuals, families and businesses can do right now.
The current orders as outlined by the NSW Premier and the NSW Health Minister state that a person must have a reasonable excuse to leave their home.
As operators in this space, we are urging you to work with us, to spread this message and slow the spread of COVID-19. This is something every industry, every family, every person has to do. Members of the public should not be visiting their holiday home down the coast, or travelling to visit family. You should not be camping in our parks or socialising at our beaches. All of these rules are in place to protect the health and safety of not just travellers, but residents in our smaller communities. We cannot have additional persons migrating to parts of Southern NSW, the safest thing at the moment is to stay where you are. The risks greatly outweigh the benefits, and it is now law to stay put. If you have a holiday booked in for this Easter break – cancel it. We know this is hard, especially after the heartbreaking bushfire season and ongoing drought impacting many of our holiday destinations. A reminder, Police will continue to be out in force. Operation Tortoise, a state-wide road safety operation over the Easter long weekend, will see officers targeting speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences; all of which will attract double demerit points. Double demerit points run from 12.01am, Thursday 9 April 2020 until 11.59pm on Monday 13 April 2020. Superintendent Moore is reminding the community that it is not the time to be out on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary. “Wear your seatbelt, don’t drink and drive, and stick to the speed limit.” “These are messages we have always provided and will continue to do so because, quite simply, these are the factors costing lives on our roads.”
Image – L to R: Chief Inspector Flood, Commander - Detective Superintendent Greg Moore, APM, Chief Inspector Sheehan & Inspector Cockram.