By Breanna Chillingworth
THERE are no second chances – that’s the warning from local police as thousands hit the highways for the long weekend.
Double demerits kick into gear at midnight tonight as highway patrol officers begin a targeted operation on everything from seatbelts to speeding, drink-driving, fatigue and dangerous driving.
Oxley Highway Patrol Sergeant Brett Davies said drivers should also watch out for police at holiday hot spots.
“Riding in the back of utes or boats on trailers – they are all offences and people need to be mindful,” he said.
“Driving from the water’s edge to the dam canteen can lead to charges of PCA, speeding or seatbelts.
“While it may seem to be fun at the time, when double demerits are in it could mean the loss of a licence.”
Police say roads around dams, state forests and popular camping spots are considered as local roads meaning they are subject to the same licensing rules, registration criteria and drink driving offences.
Also on the radar for police will be the highways, local roads and traffic hot spots as motorists make the most of a three-day weekend.
Highway patrol officers said Operation Slowdown could have drastic consequences if people crossed the line.
“You can lose your licence,”
Sergeant Davies said.
“It can have a very dramatic effect on their life. It can be a threat to livelihood or a threat financially.
“People need to think of that stuff and keep their mind on the job while they are behind the wheel.”
Local traffic numbers have revealed the majority of crashes are single-vehicle accidents.
“Changing the radio, getting a drink or reaching down to retrieve a disc or pick up something ... it can have tragic consequences,” Sergeant Davies said.
“People need to be aware of what they’re doing and give the road their full attention.”
Double demerits are in force until midnight on Monday.