Hunter Valley police urge travellers to be alert and aware of surroundings during school holidays

TAKE CARE: Heavy traffic is expected on NSW roads when the winter school holidays get underway.
TAKE CARE: Heavy traffic is expected on NSW roads when the winter school holidays get underway.

Hunter Valley police are urging those travelling on the roads this school holiday break to be alert and aware of their surroundings, as thousands of people are expected to travel throughout regional NSW.

The NSW school holiday period runs from Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 17, and thousands of families are expected to head north to regional and coastal towns.

Hunter Valley Police District Commander, Acting Superintendent Tracy Chapman says this is likely the first trip many families have taken in months and is urging them to take it slow.

"We understand and appreciate everyone's desire to get out and explore parts of the state outside of our local towns, but with a large influx of traffic on the roads, we all have to be aware that some drivers haven't been behind the wheel of a car in three months," Supt Chapman said.

"With Queensland re-opening its border with NSW from Friday, July 10 and many people heading north to chase the warmer weather, we all have to be patient - there will be delays, there will be congestion, but please take your time and don't rush.

"Ensure you take regular breaks at rest stops along the way, drive to the conditions and don't have your mobile phone anywhere within reach while behind the wheel.

"In saying that, before you head out for that road trip, make sure your vehicle has been given an appropriate safety check by a mechanic - particularly if it's been stored in a garage for some time.

"We are urging drivers to please take it easy and don't rush - it's better to get to your destination a couple of hours later than not arriving at all."

Hunter Valley Police District Commander, Acting Superintendent Tracy Chapman

Hunter Valley Police District Commander, Acting Superintendent Tracy Chapman

Supt Chapman said popular locations such as the vineyards at Pokolbin, Barrington Tops, Lake St Clair and Glenbawn Dam will also likely see an influx of visitors during the next fortnight.

"Please keep in mind social distancing when out in public, at local pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants," she said.

"There will be more cars on the road and more people out and about in the community, this is a time where we need to remain vigilant with both road safety as well as COVID-19 precautions.

"Whether you are travelling within our local area or heading away for the holidays, please take care and be safe."

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