Don’t let history repeat this Labour Day

02 Mar 2017

Double demerit points will be in effect this Labour Day long weekend, with Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia urging drivers to ensure history does not repeat the tragedy of 2016.

Mr Papalia said drivers needed to take responsibility for themselves, their passengers and other road users before they get behind the wheel.

“We cannot have a recurrence of the appalling loss of life suffered on WA roads in 2016,” said Mr Papalia.

“We know there is an increase in the number vehicles on WA roads on long weekends, so drivers need to exercise caution and patience, and ensure everyone makes it to their destination safely.”

Double demerit points will be in effect from midnight March 2nd and until midnight Monday March 6th.

Drivers caught drink or drug driving, using their mobiles phones in their vehicles, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or running a red light will receive double the point penalty.

“These behaviours can lead to fatal outcomes on our roads,” said Mr Papalia.

“Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking, turn off your mobile phone, stick to the speed limit, belt up and obey traffic signals, and we can work together to save lives on the roads this Labour Day.”

Mr Papalia also warned drivers about changes to road conditions across the state following extreme weather conditions, including flooding, in the lead up to the long weekend.

“Drivers need to be aware of road conditions, plan their trip using the latest road and weather information and use common sense when driving, particularly in regional areas this weekend,” said Mr Papalia.

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855