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This Is When The Long Weekend Double Demerits Start

This Australia Day long weekend, is a time for us all to enjoy some great weather, great company and a bit of R&R.

However, it's also a particularly busy time on our roads. Please be sure to take extra precaution, and allow for extra time for your journey.

Acting Commissioner in WA Teresa Williams has spoken out about the long weekend.

"Australia Day festivities and travel with families returning home from school holidays spent around the state, and we want everyone to get from A to B this long weekend safely."

"We remind drivers to be patient and courteous with other motorists and road users, avoid distractions such as mobile phones and noisy passengers, make sure you’re well rested before setting off and take regular breaks on longer journeys."

Each state has different rules when it comes to policing on the long weekend.

Everywhere, Police will be out in force to help us stay safe. If you are a driver in New South Wales, Western Australia or the ACT, the double demerit system is in play.

Double demerit periods were introduced in 1997 in NSW. This long weekend, the period is from the 25th January through to the 28th.

Double demerit points come into effect at midnight Thursday 24 January and will run until midnight Monday 28 January.

ACT Policing Traffic Operations is reminding drivers that double demerits for the Australia Day long weekend will be in place from Friday 25 January to Monday 28 January inclusive.

"If you’re thinking of chancing it, you’ll get caught," Action Station Sergeant Boorman said.

"We want everyone to enjoy their long weekend and arrive at their destination safely. If you’re driving this weekend, this is your responsibility."

"It’s simple. Allow plenty of time to arrive and don’t rush. If you’re drinking, don’t drive. And look after your mates; there is no greater responsibility than being the designated driver."

Drivers in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia must also remain vigilant, although the demerit system does not vary.

In Queensland, double demerit points do not only apply during holiday periods.

People who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence. This doesn’t just apply during holiday periods, but at any time of the year.

While there is no double demerit system in Victoria and South Australia, police will flood the roads during the Australia Day long weekend to ensure everyone gets to where they’re going and makes it home again safely.

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