26 September 2023

Police warn on snow as ski season falls

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NSW Police are urging the community to plan their journeys and stay ‘Snow Safe’ with the 2023 ski season now underway.

Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Cotter said while the slopes were yet to see heavy snowfalls, police would be out and about throughout the snow season targeting road safety, anti-social behaviour and personal safety.

“Our officers will be targeting any risky behaviour on local and arterial roads and alcohol-related crime in the local venues, as well as ensuring those on and around the mountain have taken the right precautions,” Assistant Commissioner Cotter said.

“Those headed to the snow over the coming weeks and months should take extra care and exercise appropriate caution on the roads, to make sure everyone arrives here – and back home again – safely,” he said.

“Make good decisions behind the wheel; keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others, take regular breaks and fix snow chains to your tyres in slippery conditions.”

Monaro Police District Commander, Superintendent John Klepczarek said local police efforts would be strengthened by additional resources.

“While conditions right now aren’t what we’ve experienced in the last couple of years, the snow will soon come, and that will bring crowds of visitors to the alpine area,” Superintendent Klepczarek said.

“Police will be out in full force to ensure the safety of the community, which is our number one priority,” he said.

“Additional staff will be seconded to Jindabyne from other police districts to bolster the work of our local police; they will have a high-visibility presence on our roads, in our licenced venues and around the slopes.

NSW Police also urged hikers visiting the region to ensure their personal safety by submitting a Trip Intention Form and hiring a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) before heading out into the national park.

PLBs are free of charge by way of a refundable deposit from one of the National Parks and Wildlife Service centres located at numerous locations, including Jindabyne, as well as Perisher and Thredbo resorts.

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