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.

Watch our video or read a transcript.

Public holiday period Double demerit periods
Easter 24 to 28 March 2016
Anzac Day 22 to 25 April 2016
Queen’s Birthday 10 to 13 June 2016
Labour Day 30 September to 3 October 2016
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 23 December 2016 to 2 January 2017
Australia Day 25 to 29 January, 2017


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.


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

More information

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

Transcript: Double Demerits – Think Twice

[A car is pulled over on the side of the road by a Highway Patrol police car. The driver looks worriedly in a side mirror as a police officer approaches his car.]

Police Officer 1: Sir, you're going too fast.

[A second police officer appears. He is an exact double of the first.]

Police officer 2: Sir, you’re going too fast

Police Officer 1 & 2: Licence, please.

[The driver hands his licence over to the first police officer, while the second police officer speaks into his radio to request a licence check.]

Narrator: Double demerits come into force this holiday period.

[The driver looks anxiously into his rear view mirror as the police officers walk around inspecting his car.]

Narrator: Which means, if you're caught speeding, using a mobile phone illegally or not wearing a seatbelt or helmet, you're in for double the consequences.

[The officers finish inspecting the car and move back towards the driver’s window]

Narrator: And lost points can quickly add up to a lost licence.

[The driver looks worriedly at the police officer]

Narrator: So, with double demerits these holidays, think twice.

[End credits: Double Demerits, NSW Government, Transport for NSW]

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