Yes, double demerits are in force this weekend

Brett McFadden addresses the media. Photo: Megan Dunn
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Double demerit points will be in force from tomorrow with increased traffic expected on the road network due to the public holiday on Thursday and the start of school holidays.

Double demerit points will apply from 12.01am tomorrow (Wednesday, September 21) and run until 11.59pm on Sunday, September 25, for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Additional police will be deployed across the state as they patrol metropolitan and regional areas, also targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said police are expecting roads to be busy over the coming days with people taking advantage of the public holiday travelling across NSW.

“As always, our focus remains the safety of the community across the state, and we want everyone to reach their destinations safely and without tragedy,” Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said.

“Our message is to take your time, drive to the weather conditions and respect other road users.”

Motorists are reminded that school zones will still be in operation this Wednesday and Friday, and 40km/h zones will be in effect – as usual – between 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.

Double demerit points will also apply to motorists detected breaching the speed limits and illegally using mobile phones in school zones. Police will also be targeting double-parking or stopping and/or parking in designated no stopping or no parking areas.


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