Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has advised local and visiting motorists to our region that double demerits are now in force across NSW and the ACT for five days over the Easter long weekend from today Thursday 6th April until Monday 10th April inclusive.

Mr Ward said that the next double demerit period will follow later in April for the ANZAC Day public holiday.

“Double demerit periods typically fall during holiday periods or over long weekends. They run from midnight on the start date to midnight on the finish date and are enforced by Police,” he said.

“Please drive safely this Easter long weekend and take extra care on our roads including the Princes Highway to protect yourself, your loved ones and all road users.

“During double demerit periods, double demerit points apply for speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seat belt and riding without a motorcycle helmet.

“Please keep in mind that Mobile Phone Detection Cameras are active in NSW and the ACT and drivers caught using their phones during a double demerit period will be hit with a $352 fine ($469 in a school zone) and 10 demerits,” Mr Ward said.

“Certain driving and parking offences attract an additional demerit point if committed in an operating school zone.

“Remember to always drive with care and attention through school zones. Be aware that failing to do so can come with heavy penalties,” Mr Ward concluded.

You can also check your own current demerit points here.