Double Demerits in force for Australia Day

22 Jan 2021 law_and_order

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch is reminding Central Coast motorists that double demerits will be in force this Australia Day long weekend.

Mr Crouch said the double demerit point period begins at 12.01am on Friday, 22 January and continues until midnight on Tuesday, 26 January.


“Australia Day is a time when many of us spend time with friends and family, but we must also prioritise safety, follow the road rules and always drive to the conditions,” Mr Crouch said.


“Double demerits are in place for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences, and will be enforced by Police.


“There will also be an increased Police presence on Central Coast roads this long weekend so I am encouraging local and visiting motorists to take extra care when behind the wheel.”


Mr Crouch said motorists who ignore the road rules risk receiving heavy penalties, including loss of licence.


“My message to everyone is have a Plan B to get home safely if you’re drinking, put the phone away, keep to the speed limit and always wear seatbelts,” Mr Crouch said.


“There is no excuse for breaking the law and if motorists take risks during the long weekend, they will be hit with heavy penalties.


“Learner and provisional drivers should also be aware that they will receive an automatic licence suspension for any speeding offence during the double demerit period.


“One death on our local roads is one too many – so please slow down, drive to the conditions, respect other motorists and obey the road rules.”


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