3 October 2019

Double demerits in place this long weekend

| Lachlan Roberts
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Marcus Boorman

Acting Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman wanted to remind Canberrans to slow down this weekend. Photo: File.

Police are warning local motorists of the dangers of driving irresponsibly with double demerits to be enforced this long weekend from Friday to Monday.

Acting Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman, who is in charge of ACT Policing’s traffic operations, said his officers won’t be taking a break this long weekend and will be dedicated to making sure everyone arrives at their destinations safely.

“Like every long weekend, there is extra traffic on the road with people going away and we also have the NRL grand final this weekend so a lot of people will be driving up to Sydney,” Detective Acting Superintendent Sergeant Boorman said.

“There will be extra police on the roads and we will be focusing on poor driver behaviour. Unfortunately, there have to be reminders to people to do the right thing because people continually do the wrong thing.

“If people do the wrong thing, there will be consequences. If everyone does the right thing, we won’t have a problem.”

Detective Acting Superintendent Sergeant Boorman reminded motorists there’s no such thing as safe speeding and even speeding a few kilometres above the speed limit increases the chances of a serious crash.

“We are doing everything we can and as I have said a number of times, road safety is everybody’s responsibility,” he said. “Police can’t do it all. It is on every road user to slow down, take their time, put their phones down, concentrate and pay attention.

“When things go wrong, they can go terribly wrong. All fatalities are preventable.”

All speeding, seatbelt, and mobile phone offences will incur double demerit points while all other traffic offences will receive an additional demerit point.

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