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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Double demerits apply over Easter long weekend

If you’re planning a roadtrip to the South Coast over Easter, a joint ACT Policing and the NSW Police Force operation will target road safety on the Kings Highway this long weekend as double demerits apply in the ACT from midnight tonight until Monday 5 April.

Officers from both services will be on the Kings Highway to reinforce existing road safety campaigns, namely ACT Policing’s ‘Fatal Five’ and the NSW Police Force’s ‘Four Ds’.

ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Road Policing, Detective Inspector Donna Hofmeier, said working with NSW Police was an important part of keeping roads safe over the busy Easter holiday period.

“There’s always in increase in traffic at Easter as people travel to and from the ACT, so police will be working on both sides of the border targeting dangerous driving behaviour,” Detective Inspector Hofmeier said.

“Our traffic focus for April is on the ‘Fatal Five’, which are speeding, driving under the influence, seat belts, driver distraction, and behaviour at intersections.

“We hope combining our Fatal Five campaign with the NSW ‘Four Ds’ campaign against ‘Drink, Drug, Dangerous and Distracted Driving’, mean five plus four equals zero deaths on the Kings Highway this Easter.”

NSW Police Acting Inspector Adam Kite said road safety was always a priority and even more so on busy roads on long weekends.

“While we’ll be doing everything we can to target dangerous driving on our shared highways, I implore everyone driving this weekend to take their responsibilities behind the wheel seriously,” Inspector Kite said.

“Motorists can expect to see police from both NSW and the ACT working along the full length of the Kings Highway.”

Double demerit points will apply in the ACT from Thursday 1 April until Monday 5 April. For all speeding, seatbelt, riding without a helmet and mobile phone offences, double the usual demerit points will apply, and as a further long-weekend road safety measure, an additional demerit point applies for all other traffic offences.

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