As the long weekend approaches, so too does the enforcement of double demerit points, with one specific rule handing down a particularly harsh penalty if broken.
Double demerits will apply on NSW roads from Friday until the end of Monday in a bid to slow down drivers and save lives over the long weekend.
Thousands of people are expected to take advantage of the warm spring weather and eased Covid restrictions to drive into the regions.
Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said police would be out in force across the state for Operation Slowdown.
“One or two mistakes on the road could cost you your licence,” Mr Elliott said on Wednesday.
Police will be targeting mobile phone use, speeding, seat belt and motorcycle helmet offences.
The penalty for driving without a seat belt during a double demerit period is six points.
If two passengers in the vehicle are caught without seatbelts, the driver will be hit with 12 points and will lose their licence.
This weekend Mobile Phone Detection Cameras will also be in force, with drivers slapped with a $457 fine and 10 demerit points if caught using their phone behind the wheel.
"One road fatality is one too many. Stick to the speed limit, put your phone down, and observe the road rules. We want people to arrive at their destination safely," Mr Elliott said.
On the October long weekend last year, six people were killed on NSW roads.
“That is six people too many,” Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said.
"We are asking everyone to plan your trip in advance, allow plenty of extra travel and be patient on the roads," he said.
The long weekend coincides with the start of the boating season and specialist Marine Area Command officers will conduct random breath testing and mobile drug testing operations, as well as boat inspections.
- with AAP
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