POLICE WARN OF STRICT PATROLS THIS AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND

Police will be out in force this Australia Day long weekend.

Double demerits will come into effect tonight, and will remain in place until midnight on the 26th.

Officers say they’ll be targeting drunk and drug driving.

83 people have been fined with those offences, so far this month.

“The message is clear, with those numbers, that the chances of being breathtested or drugtested over the weekend are very high.”

Drivers are also being urged to take regular breaks on long trips.

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Isobella Evans is a journalist with NBN News in Tamworth, NSW. After writing her first story at age twelve about an adventurous beach ball, she quickly discovered her love for writing. Since then, she has graduated from a Bachelor in Communication at the University of Newcastle and worked as a journalist for the Sydney Royal Easter Show and as a columnist for a Central Coast publication. NBN News is Isobella's first full-time television role, and she is loving every minute of it.