Double demerits as Easter break begins


Double demerit points will be issued to lead-foot drivers from tomorrow as part of police operation over Easter period

April 4, 2012

Double demerit points will be issued to lead-foot drivers from tomorrow as part of a NSW Police operation over the Easter period.

Extra police will fan out across the state for the annual Operation Tortoise road safety campaign, which starts at 12.01am on April 5 and ends at 11.59pm on April 9.

Double demerit points will be in force and apply for all speeding, seat belt and helmet offences during this period, NSW Police says.

Five people were killed on NSW roads during last year’s operation, which included 4387 speed offences. NSW Police booked 585 drivers for drink driving, while 8354 other offences were detected during the six-day blitz.

"Obey the road rules, don’t speed, buckle up, don’t drive when you’re tired, drive to road and weather conditions, and if you choose to drink, don’t drive," NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says.

"It’s one thing to risk your own safety through bad driver behaviour, but that risk also endangers other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians."

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