DRIVERS WARNED: Double demerits in force in NSW this Easter long weekend

Anyone heading across the border into NSW this Easter long weekend is being reminded double demerit points are now in force.

Easter Operation 2021 kicked off at midnight and is expected to run until 11:59pm on Monday 5 April.

Double demerits apply for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.


However, NSW Police say officers will also be targeting motorists who are drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

“Almost half of all fatalities on our roads last year involved excessive speeding, and each one of those deaths was preventable,” Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said.

“Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you’re well-rested and if you’ve been drinking or have taken drugs, don’t drive.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb said NSW roads are expected to be extremely busy over the long weekend.

“With COVID19 restricting travel last Easter, we expect people to take full advantage of being able to holiday across NSW and interstate this year,” Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

“We want you to enjoy our beautiful state, but please drive carefully, particularly where roads may be unfamiliar.

“At the heart of our policing is always public safety. We want all of you to arrive at your destination and enjoy Easter with loved ones.”