Stay Safe On Our Princes Highway and Our Local Roads This October Long Weekend

02 Oct 2019

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today encouraged motorists to take care on our Princes Highway and other local roads during this October long weekend.

Mr Ward said that double demerits will be in force from 12.01am on Friday 4th October 2019 and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 7th October 2019.

“Double demerits will be in force throughout this period for speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, illegal use of mobile phones, not using a child restraint and motorcycle helmet offences,” he said.

“I urge all local motorists to follow the road rules this long weekend – slow down, take a rest and don’t touch your mobile phone whilst driving.

“Crash rates go up during holiday periods, which is why everybody should expect to see more Police on our Princes Highway and other local roads. It is also why double demerits will be in place this October long weekend.

“The school holidays have begun in earnest and this October long weekend many local families will undoubtedly hit the road for a break with their kids.

“I want everyone to enjoy themselves and have a terrific time, but more importantly, I want them to arrive at their destination safe and sound.

“One road fatality is one too many, so I urge people to stick to the speed limit, put their phone down, and observe the road rules.

“And if you are having a drink watching the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night, make sure you make a Plan B,” Mr Ward concluded.

To stay safe:

  • Plan your route and rest stops along the way;
  • Drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and State laws;
  • Be aware of signs of fatigue;
  • Have a Plan B if you intend to drink alcohol; and
  • Always wear a seat belt.