Double demerits in force for long weekend

Police are warning motorists double demerit points will be in force from Thursday for the Australia Day long weekend.
Police are warning motorists double demerit points will be in force from Thursday for the Australia Day long weekend.

As we get ready to celebrate Australia Day, and school holidays come to an end for thousands of local students, drivers are being reminded that double demerit points will be in force for four days this long weekend.

Double demerit points will be in force from Thursday, January 25, to Sunday, January 29 (inclusive) for all speeding, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences.

Grenfell motorists are being asked to please drive safely and take extra care on the roads this long weekend especially in light of the fact two serious accidents have already occurred on local roads since the start of the New Year.

Driving over the speed limit to save a couple of minutes, pushing on driving when you are tired, answering your mobile phone whilst behind the wheel and driving after a few drinks isn't worth the risk of not arriving at all.

Key double demerit points that will be in force are:

  • Exceed the speed limit by 10km/h and under
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 10km/h
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 20km/h
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 30km/h
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 45km/h
  • Driver not wearing his/her own seatbelt
  • Driver penalty for each passenger not wearing a seatbelt
  • Rider on a motorcycle not wearing his/her own helmet
  • Rider penalty for passenger on a motorcycle not wearing a helmet
  • Use a mobile phone while driving

Highway Patrol is encouraging all road users to pay attention to road conditions and allow plenty of travel time.

“People may think that it is never going to happen to them – but unfortunately none of us are immune,” police said.

“Disturbingly almost three times as many people died on NSW roads over the Christmas/New Year break.  

“We have seen some poor decisions made by a handful of drivers across the state.

"Drivers should be warned that they are at greatest risk of losing their licence during this four day period.”