Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Family and Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.

Traffic Operations Officer in Charge Station Sergeant Susan Ball encouraged Canberrans to enjoy a relaxing weekend, but remain vigilant on the roads.

“The weekend presents an opportunity to take a well-earnt break for most Canberrans. We want to remind drivers not to relax when it comes to the road rules,” Station Sergeant Ball said.

“If you’re going to travel interstate, make sure everyone is wearing seatbelts, stick to the speed limits and take regular breaks along the way to make sure you return home safe.”

“If you’re going to enjoy the long weekend with friends and a few drinks, make a plan to get home safely afterwards. Arrange a designated driver or catch a cab – whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.”

“We want to make sure the Canberra community can enjoy its break without the tragedy of road trauma.”

The community is also reminded that over the Labour Day long weekend double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences, beginning the first moment on Friday, October 2 through to the last moment on Monday, October 5 inclusive.

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