Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, reminds drivers that double demerit points will be applied over the Labour Day long weekend as part of the government’s commitment to improving road safety.
Double demerit points will apply to speeding offences and increased demerit points will apply to a number of other traffic offences from Friday 3 October to Monday 6 October 2014 inclusive, and are in line with NSW arrangements over this holiday period.
“Don’t ruin your family’s or someone else’s holiday through reckless driving,” Mr Corbell said.
“Speeding, fatigue and drink-driving are the main causes of road deaths and serious crashes. Plan your trip to meet arrival times without exceeding speed limits.
“If drivers exceed the speed limit by more than 15km/h and up to 30km/h, 6 demerit points will be applied.
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“Exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more during this Labour Day weekend will result in 12 demerit points being applied and the risk of licence suspension.”
Drivers are also urged to observe the seatbelt rules and ensure passengers under 16 years old wear appropriate seatbelts or child restraints.
“Failure to wear seatbelts can substantially increase the incidence of fatalities and serious injuries to vehicle occupants,” Mr Corbell said.
“Six demerit points can be applied to the licence of any driver who does not wear a seatbelt or who permits passengers to travel in the vehicle unrestrained.”
Drivers who commit other offences, such as running red lights or failing to stop at stop signs, will receive one extra demerit point on top of the usual number applied.
Mr Corbell also encouraged drivers to be aware of the dangers of fatigue and to ensure they were alert on the roads this long weekend.
“A tired driver becomes a dangerous driver, therefore, I urge people travelling interstate to take advantage of the driver reviver sites in the south east region of NSW where refreshments are available or alternatively take a break at one or more of the many rest stops.”
(Simon Corbell Media Release)