ACT Policing is reminding motorists that double demerits will be in place this festive season from the first instance of Friday 22 December 2017 to the last instance of Monday 1 January 2018.
All speed and seatbelt offences, the use of a mobile phone while driving, driving with a passenger in or on part of the vehicle not designed for carriage of passengers or goods, and riding a motorbike without a helmet will incur double demerit points. All other offences will incur one extra demerit point.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said police are urging motorists to drive safely over the holiday period.
“There are a lot of people travelling at this time of year and the roads will be busy. We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely.
“If travelling long distances, make sure that you plan your trip and allow enough time for a rest break every 2 hours”.
“People on our roads doing the right thing, shouldn’t have to put up reckless behaviour that puts innocent people at risk. Keep your eyes on the road and off your mobile and don’t drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. My officers will be out in force to catch you if you do”, Acting Station Sergeant Boorman said.