Double demerits at weekend alert

IT will be double trouble for motorists caught speeding, using mobile phones, not wearing a seat belt and riding without a motorcycle helmet, from tomorrow.

Double demerit points will be in force from Wednesday to midnight Sunday (April 24-28), with police also targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds – drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.
Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism, Yasmin Catley, said the message was to slow down, pay attention and drive to the conditions, while Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden, warned “those selfish individuals who think they can blatantly disregard the road rules and put the broader community at risk, are on notice”.
“Make no mistake that our police will be out and about to stop those doing the wrong thing,” Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.
Transport for NSW Chief of the Centre for Road Safety and Maritime Safety, Bernard Carlon said it’s important not to be complacent about road safety this long weekend.
“There are simple things everyone can do to help make our roads safer,” Mr Carlon said.
“Please be vigilant, patient and follow the road rules. Let’s all work together to help keep everyone safe.”
Road Trauma Support Group spokesperson, Roxanne Arnold, whose husband was killed in a crash in 2019, would like everyone to think about the impact one wrong choice can have on the road.
“No one should have to go through what my family and I have, I’m appealing to everyone to think about their behaviour when they get behind the wheel this long weekend, and make responsible choices,” Mrs Arnold said.
“People think road trauma will never happen to them – but it can – one bad decision can have a lifetime of impacts for victims, their families and their friends.”