Five days of Double Demerits

Double demerit points will apply on NSW roads from Thursday 28 March until Monday 1 April 2024 (inclusive) as Police encourage road users to look out for each other over the Easter break.Highway Patrol Easter 2024

During these five days, double demerit points will apply for all speeding, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences.

Drivers are reminded that school zones will be operational on Thursday 28 March and additional penalties can apply for certain offences committed in school zones.

 Mobile phone detection cameras will be active over the Easter break with mobile phone offences resulting in 10 demerit points during the double demerit long weekend, as well as a fine.
Parkes Highway Patrol Sergeant Adam Cornish has indicated that Police will also be targeting other high-risk behaviour including drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

“We are expecting roads to be busy with people travelling across NSW for the long weekend. Our message is to be patient, obey the road rules and drive to conditions. We want everyone to reach their destination safely and to enjoy the Easter break without tragedy.

“I ask all drivers to play their part in reducing crashed and risks. Remember to slow down, schedule plenty of breaks, limit distractions in the car, don’t mix alcohol or drugs with driving and ensure you and all your passengers are wearing seatbelts,” Sergeant Cornish said.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says that statistics show a 30% reduction in casualty crashes during double demerit point periods, proving that they are an effective deterrent for dangerous and distracted driving.