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|
|Australia Day||25 to 28 January 2018|
|Easter||29 March to 2 April 2018|
|Queen’s Birthday||8 to 11 June 2018|
|Labour Day||28 September to 1 October 2018|
|Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day||21 December 2018 to 1 January 2019|
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:
- 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.
- Online television
- Digital display
- Outdoor billboards
On the Roads and Maritime website you can search demerit point offences.