Driver Cops A Massive 28 Demerit Point Penalty In A Single Vehicle Stop
"Stop it... or cop it" is the road safety message being drilled into NSW drivers, and one woman certainly copped it this Easter long weekend.
A Central Coast woman, 24, was pulled over by police in the northbound lanes of the M1 at Ourimbah, just after 5pm on Monday, after she was allegedly spotted using her mobile phone behind the wheel.
While chatting to the driver, officers noticed that two of the three young children in the backseat weren't restrained properly.
The shoulder straps of the one and three-year-old's child seats were not tightened properly and none of the seats was anchored to the car as required, according to officers.
As a result, the young woman copped four separate infringement notices with a combined penalty of $1,348 and 28 demerit points -- thanks to double demerits.
She was among thousands of people who were picked up for doing the wrong thing over the Easter long weekend.
The safety operation -- dubbed Operation Tortoise -- wrapped up at midnight on Monday and saw 10,177 infringement notices handed out, including 6,386 for speeding and 832 for seatbelt and helmet offences.
Officers conducted 315,157 breath tests over the five day period and laid 291 drink-driving charges.
Sadly, there were 401 major crashes, in which three lives were lost and 130 people were injured.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the Easter enforcement campaign had been highlighted by a number of poor choices being made by drivers.
“Even though there have been declines in the number of people detected drink driving and travelling above the speed limit, we are still hearing of examples such as the one from Ourimbah,” he said.
Double demerits will also run across ANZAC Day, starting on Wednesday and wrapping up on Sunday night.
Those caught using their phones behind the wheel will be hit with hefty fines and 10 demerits.