Double demerits this Labour Day long weekend

ACT Policing is reminding motorists that double demerit points will be in effect this long weekend (Friday 2 to Monday 5 October).

Double demerit points will apply to speeding and seatbelt offences from the first instance of Friday 2 October to the last moment on Monday 5 October 2015 across the ACT and interstate. One additional demerit point will be applicable for all other types of offences.

Traffic Operations Officer In Charge Station Sergeant Susan Ball said Canberrans should take the opportunity to relax over the long weekend, but stay vigilant on the roads.

“ACT Policing will actively target dangerous driving over the long weekend with high-visibility patrols monitoring major artillery roads as well as the back streets. We’ll also patrol rural areas like the Cotter, which see an increase in traffic on weekends,” Station Sergeant Ball said. 

“Motorists should think carefully about the impact of losing their driver licence. Think about the impacts that could have on your work, your social life and your family. With double demerits in effect, you could lose your licence with just one or two offences.”

“If you’re caught exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h or more, you will accrue 12 demerit points and lose your licence.  If you’re caught without your seatbelt on or with a passenger without their seatbelt on, you’ll lose 6 demerit points, which is half-way to losing your licence.”

Motorists who commit any other traffic offence, such as running red lights and failing to stop at stop signs, will receive one demerit point in addition to the usual penalty. ACT Policing issued 214 Traffic Infringement Notices and over the Canberra Family and Community Day and Labour Day long weekends last year.

Driver Reviver stations will be available offering refreshments to drivers as they travel throughout NSW this weekend.

“A tired driver becomes a dangerous driver. I urge anyone travelling interstate to take advantage of driver reviver sites in the south east region of NSW and take a break. Enjoy a well-earned long weekend, drive carefully and come home safely,” Station Sergeant Ball said. 

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