Police are urging Rally Australia fans to take care on the roads and not try to emulate their racing heroes as they head home.

Thousands of motorsport enthusiasts will commence the trek home from the Tweed and Kyogle Shires in northern NSW late today, when the Repco Rally Australia winds up.

Police are encouraging motorists to plan their trip because there may be some delays, with increased traffic expected on major routes across the region, including the Pacific Highway.

Operation Palisade Commander, Superintendent Michael Kenny, said one of the major concerns for police was speeding, after several motorists were caught across the race weekend.

“Speeding is the biggest contributing factor in deaths on NSW roads. Trying to emulate your favourite racing car driver is not a good idea. They are highly trained and skilled professionals who perform within a controlled environment – not on the open road,” he said.

“Motorists are also reminded about extra pedestrians that will also be about in the Kingscliff area and around the special stages today.

“I strongly urge fans to obey the traffic laws and allow extra time for their trip as there will be thousands of motorists heading home on the region’s roads this evening and tomorrow.”

The high-visibility police presence on NSW roads will continue with marked and unmarked Highway Patrol vehicles out in force.

All traffic information, including road closures and clearways, together with maps, is available on the RTA website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au or for traffic updates contact 132 701.