With the Easter long weekend looming, double demerit points are about to take effect in these states to help curb driving offenses.

A five-day crackdown on motorists begins this Easter long weekend as traffic is expected to increase on roads around the country.

The measures come to help enforce road rules and keep motorists from putting others at risk by misbehaviors such as distracted driving (mobile phones and devices) and speeding over the limit. Double demerit points will apply to some riders too.

The results of disobeying road rules and particularly of driving under the influence can have devastating outcomes for both the driver and other road users including death, which is currently recorded at 199 for the first two months of 2023 according to the latest data by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

Which states have double demerit points this weekend?

– Drivers caught in NSW, ACT and Western Australia will be hit with double demerit points that come into effect from 12:01 am Thursday 6 April to Monday April 10 inclusive. The double demerit points in these states apply to those caught speeding, the illegall use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt, and riding without a helmet.

– Motorists caught doing the wrong thing on the roads in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and the Northern Territory will not be hit with double demerit points.

– Motorists caught in Queensland will be penalised under the state’s current system which sees only motorists who are caught breaking road rules for the second time in 12 months being hit with double demerit points.


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