Centre for Road Safety

Think twice before breaking the rules

In partnership with NSW police, we have developed the ‘Double Demerits - Enforcement' 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.

Public holiday period Double demerit periods
Australia Day 22 January to 26 January 2021
Easter 1 April to 5 April 2021
Queen's Birthday 11 June to 14 June 2021
Labour Day 1 October to 4 October 2021
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 24 December 2021 to 3 January 2022


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.  Double demerit periods are advertised to ensure community awareness of long weekend periods during which double demerit penalties apply. Awareness campaigns are coordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers.


  • Online television
  • Radio
  • Social media

More information

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