Locals and holidaymakers planning a long
weekend getaway are being reminded that double demerit points will be in force.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire
Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, said
"for many, this long weekend will be the first opportunity to travel
further afield since the COVID-19 travel restrictions were eased. I want
to remind all drivers, that the road safety risks are still the same.
"Please remember to slow down,
schedule plenty of breaks during your trip, limit distractions in the car, don’t
drink and drive and ensure all your passengers are wearing their seatbelts.
double demerit point period will be in place for four days, commencing on
Friday 5 June and ending on Monday 8 June (inclusive). Friday 5 June is a
publicly notified school day, therefore double demerit points will apply to all
relevant school zone offences committed on that day," Ms Suitor said.
Since their introduction in 1997, double
demerit points have proven to be a successful deterrent to unsafe driving
behaviours and reducing the road toll on holiday periods when the roads are at
Parkes Highway Patrol Sergeant Martin
Ling says Operation Stay Alert, the annual State-wide high-visibility traffic
enforcement operation, will run over the June long weekend.
"Highway Patrol will have a strong presence across the Parkes, Forbes and
Lachlan Shire Council areas this long weekend.
We want everybody to make
the most of their time off and enjoy the company of their friends and family,
but we want everyone to do their bit and travel safely.
"Officers will be targeting
excessive speed, alcohol and drug driving, fatigue, seatbelt, helmet and mobile
"With the opening of pubs and clubs
earlier this week, we will be paying more attention to drink drivers. We
ask those intending to consume alcohol to take advantage of the local taxi
service or use a designated driver.
"The predicted cold weather this
weekend affects road conditions and we ask that drivers take extra care when
driving as the cold, damp conditions will make roads slippery," Sergeant