Double demerit points start at midnight

Double demerit points will be in place from midnight, including for illegal mobile phone use, as police continue to witness irresponsible behaviour on the state's roads.

Since the start of Operation Arrive Alive on Friday, police have assisted 172 people who were injured in crashes, and are issuing a renewed call to all road users to drive responsibly and look out for each other.

Over the same period, police attended 459 major crashes on the state's roads and issued 304 drink driving charges.

"To have 304 people charged for drink-driving is extremely concerning and disappointing. Alcohol impairs your judgement and slows your reaction time, putting you and others at risk," Assistant Commissioner John Hartley of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.

"Five people have already died on the roads since Friday, and for the families, friends and communities of these people, Christmas and the New Year periods will never be the same," he said.

Double demerit points will be issued for speeding, mobile phone use, and seat belt and helmet use and will apply from Midnight Wednesday December 24 to midnight Sunday January 3, 2016.

They will again be in place from January 22 to January 26 inclusive.

"With more people on the roads during these holidays, more wet weather expected over the next few days, my appeal to all road users is to act responsibly when driving, riding or crossing the street," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

Operation Arrive Alive is a six-week state-wide high-visibility Traffic and Highway Patrol operation focussing on reducing road trauma that started on Friday December 18 and will run until Tuesday January 26.

"If you're caught speeding, using a mobile phone or not wearing a helmet or seat belt, you will lose double the demerit points in addition to the standard legal action," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"We make no apologies for enforcing the laws because they are there to protect you and other road users. Speeding, mobile phone use and seat belt and helmet violations are major risk factors in road trauma."



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