In New South Wales Australia, special public holidays usually meanthere is an increase of number of vehicles converging in areas where the celebration will be, or in roads motorists take to head out of town. Vehicular accidents and road safety violations are expected to rise as well. In response to this, the Centre for Road Safety recently posted a stern warning to vehicle owners to keep it safe during special holidays and countrywide celebrations. Any road safety violators during these dates will be dealt with a Double Demerit. The campaign to promote consciousness about road safety becomes more important with the increase in number of people on the roads.This campaign is dubbed as “Double Demerit – Think Twice”.
|Public holiday period||Double demerit periods|
|Labour Day (October)||3 to 6 October, 2014|
|Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day||24 December 2014 to 4 January 2015|
|Australia Day||23 to 26 January 2015|
|Easter||2 to 6 April 2015|
|Queen’s Birthday||5 to 8 June|
The table above shows the events and inclusive dates when the double demerits will be imposed for the specific list of traffic violations below:
The Double demerit program started in 1997 as an additional measure to enhance awareness on road safety. With this law in place, information about double demerits should be advertised publicly using media and print ads. The advertisements should also include road safety tips during the said periods.