Highway patrol police say the wet weather may have played a role in the reduction in speeding offences across the Hunter over the long weekend.
During Operation Stay Alert more than 200 drivers have been caught speeding, slightly down on last year and around 330 other traffic infringements have been issued.
No figures are yet available for drink driving offences but Northern Region traffic commander Trent Le Merton says there’s been a 50 per cent increase in the number of random breath tests.
Chief Inspector Le Merton says the wet weather has contributed to a rise in the number of minor accidents so motorists need to take extra care when they return from holidays today.
“We’ve certainly seen an increase in traffic volumes and we’re expecting the same today,” he said.
“There has been inclement weather around the region.
“It’s important that people drive to the conditions and they drive at appropriate speeds.
Chief Inspector Le Merton says road improvements have helped to cut the number of traffic hold ups, but that has also contributed to drivers not taking adequate rest breaks.
“Generally with the opening of the new Hunter Expressway and general shift in traffic movements overall, I think people been having a good run out through the Hunter,” he said.
“Bulahdelah bypass has helped but people just have to be aware that the places where traditionally they have stopped to take a rest break, there’s a tendency now for people to continue driving.”