Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today encouraged local and visiting motorists to take extra care on our Princes Highway and other local roads this Christmas and New Year holiday season to arrive at your destination safely.
Mr Ward said that double demerits will be in force from midnight tonight and reminded motorists that we will be experiencing the busiest time of the year on our roads with many thousands of holidaymakers heading to our Illawarra, Kiama and South Coast region.
“Double demerits are in force for 11 days over the Christmas and New Year holidays from 12:01am on Thursday 24th December 2020 to 11:59pm on Sunday 3rd January 2021,” he said.
“Double demerit points apply for speeding, seat belt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences during this period.
“Please also be aware that this is the fourth double demit period in which active Mobile Phone Detective Cameras are being enforced and fines issued. It is a $457 fine and 10 demerit points.
“I am encouraging all motorists to start planning their journey ahead of time to avoid the peak bumper to bumper traffic,” Mr Ward said.
“Although these are expected to be the peak days to travel, it is important to remember delays will occur at the start of school holidays from now through to the New Year.
“Planning your journey can make a huge difference to the experience, help you stay alert and provide a better holiday experience for everyone travelling.
“While planning your journey, remember to include breaks along the way in our many public rest areas, or turn off our Princes Highway and explore one of our local scenic villages in beautiful Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Shoalhaven Heads or Berry,” Mr Ward concluded.