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May 14, 2021

Double demerits now in force

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Drivers are reminded that double demerit points came into force at midnight last night and will continue throughout the Queens Birthday long weekend until midnight on Monday.

Six people have died on the state’s roads this week, including three at Dyraaba, and police are urging motorists to exercise extreme caution.

There will be 1,200 highway patrol officers on the roads over the weekend and they will be targeting speeding, seatbelts and helmet offences in particular.

Plan your breaks

Meanwhile Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has launched an online service to help motorists locate rest area sites and plan their breaks on long trips.

An RMS spokesperson said the service provides an easier way to plan journeys and rest stops on major roads and encourages motorists to Stop, Revive, Survive.

‘Motorists can access information about each of the rest area’s facilities and searches can be tailored by vehicle type to cater for heavy vehicle drivers,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Information about the facilities available at each of the individual rest areas can be accessed by clicking on map icons.

‘Customers can also choose to display rest areas with specific facilities along their route such as rest areas with toilets.

‘RMS encourages motorists to take advantage of the online tool and be conscious of fatigue while driving.

‘By planning rest breaks on long trips with tools like the new online rest stop maps, motorists can avoid fatigue.’

The online service is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/restareas.

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