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Christmas & New Year double demerits

20 Dec 2019

The Road Safety Commission (Commission), supported by WALGA RoadWise, reached out to the community at the WA Police Force’s Traffic Open Day in Midland on Sunday.

The Minister, Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron and Acting Road Safety Commissioner Roger Farley attended today’s WA Police Force traffic campaign launch on the Royal Perth Hospital helipad.

“We want everyone to enjoy Christmas and the holiday period, but to do so safely,” said Mr Cameron.

“Every death on our roads represents another family missing a loved one at the Christmas table because of road trauma.”

Double demerit points are now in play in WA and will continue until 11.59pm on Sunday, 5 January 2020.

WA Police Force officers will apply double demerit points to all drink and drug driving, red light, seatbelt, mobile phone and speeding offences.

Mr Cameron reminded drivers that the double penalty also applies to speeding drivers who take extreme measures to avoid a speeding fine.

“Some drivers in WA are at risk of losing their licence if they try to evade detection by police,” said Mr Cameron.

“If the driver is convicted of driving a vehicle with a device designed to evade speed camera or driving their vehicle to avoid detection by a speed camera, they will cop 14 points during double demerits periods, putting their licence and livelihood at risk.”

The trio was joined by Commander Mick Sutherland from WA Police Force State Traffic and RPH Director of Trauma Dr Sudhaka Rao on the helipad of Royal Perth Hospital.
 
Drivers are reminded to take utmost care this holiday period, to be well rested, avoid distractions and manage fatigue on all journeys.

“Road trauma, in deaths and serious injuries, costs Western Australia an estimated $20 billion annually,” said Road Safety Council chairman Iain Cameron.

“But the cost to families, loved ones, friends and the general community is measured in devastation and grief, not money.”
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    The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
    We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

    The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.