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 periods Double demerit periods
Easter 14 April to 18 April 2022
Anzac Day 22 April to 25 April 2022
Queen's Birthday 10 June to 13 June 2022
Labour Day 30 September to 3 October 2022
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 23 December 2022 to 2 January 2023


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

The Transport for NSW website allows you to search demerit point offences.