ACT Policing is urging motorists to drive safely over the Australia Day long weekend and warns that double demerit points are now in place, effective from the first instance on Friday, January 22 until midnight January 26, 2016.
Double demerit points will apply on all speed, seatbelt offences, use of a mobile phone while driving, driving with a passenger in or on part of the vehicle not designed for carriage of passengers or goods and riding a motorbike without a helmet incurred during this period.
Acting Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Stephen Booth said police will continue to target reckless and distracted drivers over the Australia Day period.
“Our message is simple. If you are staying in Canberra, enjoy yourself, but remember to keep our roads safe for all by not drinking and driving and not allowing yourself to be distracted whilst on the roads.
“If you are travelling interstate this Australia Day weekend, don’t drive when fatigued and remember to take regular rest breaks every two hours.
“The ACT road toll for 2016 currently sits at zero and we would like to keep it that way so don’t rush to get your destination – take your time and arrive safely.”