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Double demerits in force over public holiday period

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Hunter drivers are being warned to take extra care on the roads from this Wednesday, with double demerits coming into effect.

The latest police safety campaign starts from midnight on 21 September – ahead of Thursday’s public holiday and take in the beginning of the school holiday period – and continues until 11.59pm on Sunday 25 September.

Double demerits will be in place for all speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Transport for NSW deputy secretary for safety, environment and regulation Tara McCarthy reminded motorists not to be complacent.

“There are likely to be more people out on the roads over the next few days, and over the weekend, with the school term ending on Friday, so it is important we all take further precautions when travelling,” she said.

“The last thing we want to see is an increase in road trauma, which is why double demerits will be in place like they would for any other public holiday to deter those from doing the wrong thing and putting lives at risk.

“This period includes some school days as well.

“It is especially important to slow down and take care in school zones at school times – even if you cannot see children near the road.”

Students will attend school on Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 September.

That means school zones remain in place.

Drivers are reminded additional penalties can apply for certain offences committed in school zones.

Under the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2017, double demerits automatically apply over a long weekend when a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday; or a Monday or Tuesday.

The period also extends to the day before a public holiday to account for an increase in road users, with many people taking the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend.

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