Double demerits enforced this long weekend

MOTORISTS are reminded that double demerits will be enforced this June long weekend, drivers being encouraged to take extra care on roads throughout the region.

Double demerit points will apply until midnight Monday under Operation Stay Alert.

There will be an increased number of police officers on the roads this long weekend.

Officers will target speeding, impairment by alcohol or drugs, drivers distracted by electronic devices, fatigued drivers and those not wearing seatbelts.

Learner and provisional drivers will receive an automatic licence suspension for any speeding offence during the double demerit period.

Motorists are advised to plan their trip, allow plenty of extra travel time and expect delays as heavy traffic is expected on the state’s main roads for the long weekend.

Higher than usual traffic volumes are expected on the following roads: M1 Pacific Motorway (F3), Pacific Highway, M1 Princes Motorway (F6), Princes Highway, Great Western Highway, Hume Motorway and Kings Highway.

Heavy traffic is also expected on all approaches to the Sydney International and Sydney Domestic Airport terminals.

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time if they’re making their way to these airports and expect delays.

For those travelling to attend Vivid Sydney, large crowds are expected and extensive road closures will be in place.

The state government has therefore recommended leaving the car at home, and catching a train or bus.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward said there was no excuse for speeding and motorists who ignore the road rules, especially during double demerit periods, risk losing their licence.

“In 2013, six people died in crashes over the same holiday period,” he said.

“Motorists are reminded to keep to the speed limit and drive to the local weather conditions.”

For the latest traffic information, visit the website, or phone 132 701.