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Easter Long Weekend and Anzac Day 2019 – Double demerits will be in place for 10 days

10 Days of Double Demerits
This year Easter falls incredibly close to Anzac day. So close in fact, that if you take a mere three days of annual leave you’ll score yourself a 10 day break from work. Hopefully, you’ve already worked that one out with your boss.

This has not slipped past the NSW government who are well aware that an influx of people are set to be on our roads and major highways over the holiday period. As is the case every public holiday period, double demerit points will be in force – this time, for a total of 10 days.

Double demerits will commence at 12:01am on Thursday the 18th of April and will continue through to midnight on Monday the 22nd of April. We will have a 24 hour break, before they kick back in at 12:01am on Wednesday the 24th of April and run through to midnight on Sunday the 28th of April.

The Easter holiday period is usually one of the most dangerous on our roads, with a spike in fatalities expected. We can all agree that we want our friends, family and loved ones to arrive safely over the holiday period. Police will be out in force on the roads in an effort to curb speeding, drivers using mobile phones and the commission of other traffic offences. While a significant amount of revenue will be raised, the aim of NSW police is not to raise revenue but to ensure drivers are driving safely and obeying road rules in an effort to minimise the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads.

If you commit an offence during double demerits you may be facing a licence suspension for exceeding your demerit point limit. While unrestricted drivers have 13 points, if they are caught on their mobile phones they will lose a whopping 10 points in one hit. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 but less than 30km/h or proceeding through a red traffic light will result in the loss of 6 demerit points. The points can add up quickly.
If an unrestricted driver has any offences in the preceding 3 years, this will likely tip them over their demerit points. P1 drivers only have 4 demerit points, with any speeding or mobile phone offence exceeding their limit. While P2 drivers have 7 points, any speeding offence carries 4 demerit points, which is doubled to 8 during any double demerit period.

If you or someone you know find yourself charged or facing a suspension over the long weekend, you can contact our offices on 1300 168 676 or after hours on 0404 55 88 33.

Written by Trudie Cameron on April 17, 2019

Trudie combines her impressive skills in advocacy and legal analysis with a focus on her client's interests and wellbeing. Her experience working for senior barristers prior to starting at Armstrong Legal gives her a unique insight into criminal advocacy and practice. View Trudie's profile

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