Double demerit points are now in force ahead of ANZAC Day and the end of school holidays. Member for Manly, James Griffin and Shadow Minister for Police, Paul Toole are urging motorists to take extra care when travelling this week.

Double demerits began Wednesday morning, 24 April, at 12:01am and will end at 11:59pm on Sunday 28 April.

Higher fines and double demerit points will apply for offences such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, driving under the influence or using a mobile phone illegally.

Member for Manly, James Griffin said safety is the number one priority.

“Every time you get behind the wheel of a car this week, please think of those passengers in the car with you, and other motorists on our roads, so that everyone can reach their destination safely,” Mr Griffin said.

“Don’t forget to pack your patience as heavy traffic and lengthy delays are predicted on many main roads with holiday makers returning home and ANZAC Day parades closing streets.”

Shadow Minister for Police, Paul Toole said there will be a focus on drink and drug driving.

“We often see people underestimate the effects of ‘a few drinks’ and take the risk of driving. Even during the morning after a night out, alcohol can still impede a driver’s ability to function properly.

“If you plan on drinking this ANZAC Day, make a plan B. Leave the car at home and use public transport.

“There is no excuse for speeding, drink driving or using a mobile phone whilst driving. The message is simple - just don’t do it,” Mr Toole said.

Mr Griffin said, “Speeding, fatigue and drink and drug driving remain the biggest killers on NSW roads and the NSW Police Force will be out in numbers ensuring that if you do the wrong thing, you will be caught."