22 April 2021

Double demerits start tonight for Anzac long weekend

| David Murtagh
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ACT Policing has reminded motorists that double demerits apply from tonight. Photo: ACT Policing.

ACT police have reminded motorists that double demerit points apply for the four days of the Anzac long weekend.

The double demerit period will begin overnight at midnight tonight (22 April) and stay in effect until midnight Monday night on 26 April. During this period all speeding, seatbelt, riding without a helmet and mobile phone offences will attract double the usual number of demerit points.

All other traffic offences attract an additional demerit point.

ACT Road Policing Acting Sergeant Andrew McKellar said police want everyone to drive safely and be aware of the effects of alcohol and fatigue.

“On Anzac Day there will obviously be people up early for dawn services. If you’re one of them, and you’re planning to drive later in the day, think about fatigue. It will kick in earlier,” Acting Sergeant McKellar said.

“Anzac Day last year was a stay-at-home affair for most people. If you are heading interstate this year to commemorate the day with family or friends, make sure you take regular breaks.

“If you are planning to have some rum and warm milk after the dawn service, or a few beers in the afternoon while playing two-up, please don’t drive.”

The ACT road toll for 2021 currently stands at four.

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