ACT Policing is urging motorists to drive safely over the Christmas holidays and warn that double demerit points will be in effect for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.
From 12.01am on Friday (24 December) to 11.59pm on Monday (3 January) across the ACT and NSW double demerit points will apply.
Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said ACT Policing will continue to target speeding and drink driving during the holidays.
“Put simply, all motorists driving, either in the ACT or interstate, need to heed the warnings put in place to ensure that they have a safe Christmas and New Year,” Superintendent Colbran said.
“We ask the Canberra community to enjoy the festive season, but to remember to keep our roads safe by not drinking and driving and staying within the speed limit at all times. Make sure you fasten your seatbelt and remember it is your responsibility to ensure that all occupants of your vehicle are wearing their seatbelts too”.
All speeding offences will attract double demerits, as will specific offences for failing to wear a seatbelt, or failing to properly restrain a child in a motor vehicle.
“The ACT road toll for 2010 currently sits at 18 and ACT Policing will be working hard to keep our roads fatality free over the Christmas/New Year break, but we need the community’s support to avoid a tragedy on our roads these holidays,” Superintendent Colbran said.
The ACT was the only police jurisdiction in Australia which had zero road fatalities during the Christmas-New Year period in 2009.
If you suspect someone of drink-driving, report them to Police Operations on 131-444. You may just save the life of someone you love or someone you know.