Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads from this Wednesday, with double demerits coming into effect ahead of Thursday’s public holiday, the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty the Queen and school holidays commencing on Saturday.
Double demerits will apply from 12:00am on Wednesday 21 September 2022 until 11:59pm on Sunday 25 September 2022.
Double demerits will be in place for all speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences. Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation Tara McCarthy reminded drivers not to be complacent throughout the 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.
“Drivers are reminded that this period includes some school days and it is especially important to slow down and take care in school zones at school times – even if you cannot see children near the road.”
Students will be at school on Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 September 2022 and school zones will be in place.
Drivers are reminded additional penalties can apply for certain offences committed in school zones.
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.
The double demerit period extends to the day before a public holiday to account for an increase in road users, with many people taking the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend.
Sargeant Brad Ross from the Far South Coast Highway Patrol said they are expecting high volumes of traffic to come into the Bega Valley, especially around the Pambula area, for the Wanderer Festival (September 23-25).
“We always remind motorists just to be patient, drive slowly and plan your trips well to reduce drive fatigue,” Sgt Ross said.
“Think about how you’re going to get home, have a good plan B because we don’t want people drug affected or alcohol affected on our roads and we’re going to be out on the roads doing extra RBT and random drug-testing to make sure motorists are adhering to the rules.”
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