Double demerit points will be in force for 11 days over the Christmas and New Year period to improve road safety. Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council’s Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Logan Dolbel, said double demerit points would run from today to Monday, 2nd January 2017 (inclusive). Lachlan Highway Patrol Sergeant Dearne Jeffree said double demerit points would apply to all speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences over the 11 day period. “It is extremely costly to lose demerit points at this time of year. Don’t take
the risk of losing your licence.”
Logan said since the introduction of double demerit points in 1997 there had been significant reductions in fatal crashes over the holiday periods. “This year alone, 375 lives have been lost on the states roads, 39 more than the same period last year. We want everyone to have a happy and safe Christmas with their families – please obey the road rules and drive safely,” Logan said.