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 25 January to 28 January 2019
Easter 18 April to 22 April 2019
Anzac Day 24 April to 28 April 2019
Queen's Birthday 7 June to 10 June 2019
Labour Day 4 October to 7 October 2019
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 20 December 2019 to 1 January 2020


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.


  • Online television
  • Radio
  • Social media

More information

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