Police are cracking down on poor driver behaviour as millions enjoy a long weekend and two huge grand finals.
Drivers in the ACT and NSW face double demerit points from September 29 to October 2 during the labour day long weekend, for all speeding, seatbelt and mobile phone offences.
NSW Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said police would be focusing on driver behaviours leading to the state's "unacceptable road toll".
There have been 265 lives lost on NSW roads this year, with 190 of those in regional areas.
"There will literally be thousands of shifts dedicated to this operation over the weekend," Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.
"There is unfortunately an element within our driving fraternity that persists to engage in what is clearly unacceptable behaviour.
"If you are detected by our officers we will take very swift and decisive action."
So far this month NSW Police have caught 13,000 drivers speeding, charged around 2000 drug and drink drivers, and intercepted 2500 drivers who were disqualified, unlicensed, or suspended from driving.
Meanwhile sports fans celebrating the AFL and NRL grand finals on September 30 and October 1 respectively have also been put on notice.
Police in Tasmania and Victoria will be out in force patrolling roads and entertainment precincts to ensure people are safe, including on Victoria's Grand Final Eve public holiday.
"We encourage everyone to have a great long weekend and enjoy celebrating the biggest day on the footy calendar. But don't let this be a day you remember for all the wrong reasons," Victoria Police's Glenn Weir said.
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"Drinking and driving don't mix, so if you're planning to have a drink on Grand Final Day, don't drive."
During last year's grand final weekend Victoria Police picked up 436 drivers affected by drugs and alcohol.
The number of lives lost on Victorian roads has soared to a seven-year high with 210 fatalities to date in 2023 - 27 higher than the same time last year.
With many people heading away for the long weekend and school holidays, police are urging drivers to take extra care on regional roads: avoid distractions, take rest breaks and drive to the conditions.
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