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Double demerits now in force

traffic rms picDRIVERS are reminded that double demerits have started ahead of the long weekend, and to slow down on the roads.

Operation Slow Down, the annual October long-weekend traffic-enforcement campaign, started today (Friday October 4) and will run until Monday.

Double demerits are now in force for all speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences in this period.

Acting Superintendent Mark Cook, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said the message for all road users was to slow down and remain patient on the roads.

“The long weekend is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends. When you are out on the road, obey the law, drive carefully and get to your destination safely.

“Parents driving the family home at the end of the school holidays should make sure they stick to the speed limit, drive to the conditions and take plenty of breaks.

“What may start out as a fun holiday, can very quickly turn to tragedy if drivers are fatigued, distracted, or pushing speed limits.

“Speeding or not wearing a seat belt could mean the loss of your licence under double demerits, so motorists need to ensure they drive to the road conditions,” Acting Superintendent Cook said.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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