Double demerit points apply until September 25

ABOVE: Harwood Bridge on the Pacific Highway. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Drivers are reminded of double demerits that came into effect today ahead of tomorrow’s public holiday – the National Day of Mourning for the Queen and the school holidays starting Saturday.

Double demerits apply from Wednesday, September 21 – Sunday, September 25.

Double demerits will be in place for all speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Transport for NSW’s Tara McCarthy reminded drivers not to be complacent during this period.

“Although this is a sombre occasion, there is still likely to be more people out on the roads over the next few days and over the weekend with the school term ending on Friday, so it is important we all take extra care,” Ms McCarthy said.

“The last thing we want to see over this period is an increase in road trauma, which is why double-demerits will be in place like they would for any other public holiday to deter people from doing the wrong thing and putting lives at risk.

Under the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2017, double demerit periods automatically apply over a long weekend when a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday, or a Monday or Tuesday.

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