Long weekends are traditionally a time where most people pack their bags and head out of state or city for a short holiday.
Labour Day weekend is a great opportunity to take a quick break and enjoy a much-needed rest, so don’t let your family time be spoilt by any accidents on the road.
Transport for NSW is urging motorists to exercise extra caution and drive responsibly, or risk being fined and earning double demerit points.
Speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences will all be charged double demerit points over the long weekend.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said that these penalties are in place during holidays such as this because more people tend to be on the roads.
“Double demerit point periods save lives and reduce the road toll, but there are also other simple steps motorists can take to help keep themselves, their passengers and others safe on the roads,” the spokesperson said in a statement issued today (September 27).
These steps include driving to the appropriate speed, making sure that you are wearing a seatbelt or the adequate safety gear if you are on a motorcycle, and also ensuring that you do not take drugs or alcohol before you get behind the wheel.
The spokesperson also advised against driving when tired, and warned people not to be in too much of a hurry.
“Don’t rush to your destination. Speeding or driving while fatigued just to arrive a little bit earlier can have devastating consequences. Allow extra time to get to your destination and arrive safely.”
They added: “If you notice your eyes are getting tired or you’re yawning, feeling drowsy or having trouble concentrating on driving, ensure you stop and rest.”
It is also recommended that people do not drive during times when they would normally be asleep, and that they try to share the responsibility when on long trips.
Last year, over 360 crashes occurred in NSW during the long weekend, which injured 221 people and killed five.
If you are involved in an incident over the weekend due to someone else’s reckless driving or negligence on the roads, then you may be eligible for car accident compensation.