Extra police on the beat

Acting Commissioner from the Southern Region Command Joe Cassar and Monaro Local Command Superintendent Rodney Smith

Acting Commissioner from the Southern Region Command Joe Cassar and Monaro Local Command Superintendent Rodney Smith

AN additional 10 Police officers have arrived in Jindabyne for this year's snow season, as local Police plan to make this snow season the safest on record.

The influx of tourists has already hit the region, with the official launch of the snow season last weekend.

On Friday, June 6, Southern Region Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar joined Monaro Local Area Commander, Superintendent Rod Smith to launch 'Snowsafe 2014,' at the Jindabyne Police Station.

Acting Commissioner Cassar is urging holiday goers to take it easy on the roads; encouraging the public to help officers in making this the safest snow season to date.

"Snowsafe is all about Police working with the local community in establishing a safe environment for everyone to enjoy," Acting Commissioner Cassar said.

"There are 10 additional officers, as well as extended highway patrols.

"Make no mistake we want this snow season to be the safest yet."

Police will be targeting reckless drivers and anti-social behaviour, in a crackdown designed to ensure tourists have an enjoyable and safe visit to the region's snowfields.

Superintendent Smith says the Monaro Local Command has been busily preparing for 'Snowsafe'.

"We held a forum on Thursday [June,5] with local licensees on a number of strategies focusing on patron behaviour," Superintendent Smith said.

"People misbehaving will be targeted, and asked to leave the premise."

Failure to comply with orders to leave a licensed premise can result in a $550 on the spot fine.

Both Assistant Commissioner Cassar and Superintendent Smith have called on drivers to prepare themselves for unique weather conditions.

"Road safety has always been the top priority during 'Snowsafe' and in previous years, we have detected far too many drivers putting the lives of other road users at risk," Superintendent Smith said.

"A whole wave of new 18 year olds who have their licence for the first time are eager to get to the snow," Acting Commissioner Cassar said.

"Driving to the conditions, the last thing we want to see is people taking risks to get to the snow earlier."

Car company Lexus has joined forces with NSW Police, providing a high-visibility vehicle to be used in community events. 'Snowsafe' is joint effort by NSW Police, local businesses and alpine operators.

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