Centre for Road Safety

Think twice before breaking the rules

In partnership with NSW police, we have developed the ‘Double Demerits - Think Twice' road safety campaign to encourage safe driver behaviour on our roads. The campaign reminds drivers and riders that during double demerit periods the consequences for breaking the road rules are more severe.

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Public holiday period Double demerit periods
Australia Day 25 to 29 January, 2017
Easter 13 to 17 April 2017
Anzac Day 21 to 25 April 2017
Queen’s Birthday 9 to 12 June 2017
Labour Day 29 September to 2 October 2017
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 22 December 2017 to 1 January 2018

Overview

The demerit point system provides an incentive for drivers to improve their driving behaviour, obey road rules and comply with NSW traffic laws. The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences:

  • Speeding
  • Illegal use of mobile phones
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Riding without a helmet

Double demerit periods were introduced in 1997 in NSW.  By law, double demerit periods must be advertised and awareness campaigns are co-ordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers.

Media

  • Television
  • Online television
  • Digital display
  • Radio
  • Outdoor billboards

More information

On the Roads and Maritime website you can search demerit point offences.