Motorists are being warned to slow down and take care as holidaymakers hit the road over the Easter long weekend.
Double demerits and huge fines will be in place across several states as Australian police look to crackdown on dangerous driving.
Last year 545 people were killed on the nation’s roads and police fear the number could continue to climb as more Australians holiday locally.
Motorists are being warned to slow down and take care as holidaymakers hit the road over the Easter long weekend
New South Wales:
Double demerits go into effect at 12am on Thursday April 1 and will continue until 11:59pm on Monday April 5.
Under the scheme first introduced in 1997, anyone caught speeding, speaking on their mobile phone, riding without a helmet or not wearing a seatbelt will lose double the normal amount of points from their license and getting fined twice as much.
NSW Police say they will also be targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds – drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.
‘Almost half of all fatalities on our roads last year involved excessive speeding, and each one of those deaths was preventable,’ NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance said.
‘Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you’re well rested and if you’ve been drinking or have taken drugs, don’t drive.’
Drivers are also being warned to stay vigilant around flood affected areas where debris may be on the road and infrastructure like bridges may be damaged.
Drivers will be slugged with the harsher penalty if they are caught speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone
Australian Capital Territory
The nation’s capital will be running an almost identical double demerits scheme.
It will begin and end at the same time as NSW and will be particularly focused on speeding offences, motorists using their mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riders without a helmet.
Any other traffic offences will result in an additional demerit point being wiped from your license.
With Australians unable to holiday overseas roads are expected to be very busy.
Last year 545 people were tragically killed on the nation’s roads and police fear the staggering number could continue to climb
Queensland does not enforce a double demerit points system during holiday periods.
‘However drivers who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence,’ Queensland transport says on their website.
Queensland license holders are warned that if they commit a traffic offence in any other state in Australia demerit points may be applied and recorded on your traffic history as if the offence was committed in the Sunshine State.
Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania
Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania do not have a double demerits scheme however police in those areas will be out in force during the holiday break.
Each state and Territory will be ramping up their police presence for the busy Easter break in a bid to bring down the nation’s road toll.