Motorists beware: Double demerits will be in place for the next 10 days in several Australian states and territories. Here's what you need to know - and the dodgy driving habits you definitely need to avoid.
The Easter holiday period is a bad time for road fatalities, so police will be cracking down on motorists with double demerits in a bid to make motorists obey road rules.
Between April 19 and April 22, demerit points will be doubled for the offences of speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a motorcycle helmet. Other traffic offences can also incur additional penalties during this period.
However, not all Australian states enforce double demerits during Easter. Normal penalties apply in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory or Victoria (but you should still follow all road rules for your safety, obvs.)
Extra penalties apply for the following offences:
- Drink or drug driving
- Failing to wear a seat belt and child restraint
- Running a red light
- Illegal use of a mobile phone while driving
If you're embarking on a road trip this Easter weekend, also be sure to pull over and revive whenever fatigue sets in. Drive safe, guys!