There are Big Things happening this Labour Day long weekend – the NRL Grand Final, both Queensland and NSW school holidays AND double demerit points for all traffic offences.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has urged everyone using the roads to take extra care and to travel safely.

“If you’re driving any distance, make sure you’re well rested, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue and have given yourself plenty of travel time,” Mr Provest said.

“It’s also a big weekend for sport with the NRL Grand Final on so if you’re planning on drinking leave the car at home and make sure you have a Plan B – a taxi, public transport or a nominated driver who’s not drinking.”

If safety is not something you want to think about, you might want to consider the financial costs or the inconvenience of losing your licence with double demerit points in place for the long weekend.

“So you should make sure you stick to the speed limit, wear your seatbelt or helmet and remember no phone call is worth risking your life or your licence over,” Mr Provest said.

Operation Slow Down will run from 12.01am on Friday 29 September until 11.59pm on Monday 2 October.

Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols, mobile and stationary random breath tests and random drug tests.


“Let’s take care and make this really great weekend, both on and off the road,” he said.