THE message is simple this Easter long weekend - stay at home because going on holidays is not 'essential travel'.
If you do go driving, NSW Police will be out in force during a five-day operation targeting drivers' bad behaviour.
Double demerit points will be given for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences during the statewide operation.
Double demerit points will commence from 12.01am on Thursday and run until 11.59pm on Monday.
The Traffic and Highway Patrol Command has reminded the community that, while travelling for holidays is not considered 'essential' and people must not leave their home without a reasonable excuse.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said people should not be out on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.
"Those who are driving on the roads during this long weekend will need to have a good reason to do so, but like always they need to abide by the road rules," he said.
"Double demerits will be in place and police will be on the roads making sure that the rules are being adhered to."
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said if you do drive make sure you follow the road rules.
"These are messages we have always provided and will continue to do so because, quite simply, these are the factors costing lives on our roads," he said.
"So far this year, there have been 88 fatalities on our roads, and we do not want to see that figure increase."
Anyone with information about dangerous driving behaviours is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.