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Double demerit points in place over Australia Day period

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Hunter motorists are being urged to drive safely this Australia Day period, as a high-visibility campaign kicks off.

Operation Australia Day begins at 12.01am on Wednesday 25 January and concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday 29 January.

Double demerit points will also apply, over the next five days, for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet offences.

Traffic and Highway Patrol officers, with assistance from police area commands and districts, are scheduled to be deployed across all metropolitan and regional areas in the state to keep the community safe.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner Trent King said with Australia Day falling on a Thursday, police expected a lot of people on the roads from Wednesday and across the weekend.

“With double demerits in place, we encourage everyone to remember the consequences if you do the wrong thing behind the wheel,” he explained.

“While police will be doing everything in their power to work with the community to keep our roads safe, we also want to advise motorists that everyone has a role to play.

“Inside each and every vehicle you pass on the road is a loved one: a mate, a mother, a father, child or a sibling.

“And, we can all take steps to keep them out of harm’s way.”

Transport for NSW head of safety Peter Dunphy said although the road toll currently stood at 13, which is seven less than for the same time last year, it was important motorists didn’t become complacent.

“Keeping safe on the roads is everyone’s responsibility,” he added.

“So, please make sure you’re well rested before you set off, stick to the speed limit and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, put the phone away and never ever drive if you’re affected by drugs or alcohol.”

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