The double penalties over the October long weekend will not apply with most NSW drivers stuck in lockdown
Drivers are saved double demerit points over the long weekend as most NSW drivers are stuck and still can’t drive more than 3 miles
- Double demerits for October long weekend have been scrapped by NSW police
- Most of NSW is closed and unable to travel except for essential reasons
- Police will still be in force and enforce traffic rules with normal penalties
Motorists will be spared double penalties over the coming long weekend in October as police claim they want to ‘give the people of NSW a break’.
Police Secretary David Elliott said the usual double penalty applied to holidays would be scrapped as stay-at-home orders apply to much of NSW.
“It’s been a long, tough, Covid-ravaged year in NSW and the long weekend marks a point in this journey where we can see the finish line,” he said.
Police and Emergency Services Secretary David Elliott announced in a statement on Sunday that there will be no double penalties over the October long weekend (pictured, NSW Police RBT)
“Home orders continue to apply to much of NSW, so the only people on the road in closed off areas should be those with a reasonable excuse.”
While sentences have been relaxed, Mr Elliot urged the public to continue to follow traffic rules and public health regulations.
“This is by no means a green light for motorists to break the rules – and traffic and traffic police officers will be in effect as usual – but this weekend we will not double the penalty points.”
This year so far this year, 203 people have died on the road and in 2020 there were 10,806 hospitalizations with serious injuries from an accident.
According to data from Transport NSW, there were more deaths up to that time in 2020 with 215 fatalities on the road.
The announcement hopes to ‘give the people of NSW a break’ while parts of the state are still in lockdown (photo, highway traffic)
NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said NSW residents will still see police on the roads and patrol highways.
“Drivers who break the rules will be stopped and fined, and will still get demerit points from their driver’s licenses, but it won’t be double the demerit points. Stick to the speed limit, put your phone down and obey the traffic rules,” he said.
This relaxation of the rules comes as the state government will release details about what restrictions will be relaxed when 80 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.
The NSW crisis cabinet met on Friday to discuss what changes will be made if the vaccination milestone is reached on October 25.
The state government will formally announce the details next week. They are expected to roll back more restrictions on social gatherings and increase capacity at sporting events and hospitality venues.
But officials warned drivers not to bend the rules as police will still be in force to patrol the roads (pictured, a mobile speed camera)
On Saturday, NSW registered 1,007 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths.
Of the new deaths, one was a person in his forties, another in his fifties, two in his sixties, three in his seventies, three in his eighties and one in his nineties.
Nine of the people had not been vaccinated, while two had received only one dose.
Sydney’s western and southwestern suburbs continue to record the most cases.
NSW Health revealed that 308 were linked to the South Western Sydney Local Health District, 214 to the Western Sydney LHD and 103 to the Sydney LHD.