Everyone knows that Aussie public holidays bring with it double demerits. It sucks, but that's just the way it is.
Most people treat the period with caution and don't do anything stupid because they know it will cost them dearly, both with money and in driving points.
But sadly one woman has copped a battering from police after being pulled over on the Central Coast.
Cops stopped the 24-year-old woman's car on the belief she was using her phone while driving. That in itself can result in a pretty hefty fine, but police weren't done with her.
New South Wales Police has released a statement saying: "While talking with the driver police observed children; aged five, three and one; in the rear seat. All three children were in child seats however the one and three-year-olds were not properly restrained as their shoulder straps were not tightened correctly.
"A check of all the child seats revealed none of them were anchored to the vehicle as required.
"The driver was issued four infringement - three notices for the children not being restrained as prescribed and the fourth for use of the mobile phone when not permitted.
"These carried a combined penalty of $1348 and due to double demerit points the driver accrued 28 demerit points. Children at risk notifications have been made to Family and Community Services."
The fine alone is a tough pill to swallow but to have more than double your actual available driving points is brutal.
Assistant Commissioner Corboy said: "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.
"Three people lost their lives on NSW roads across the Easter break. This is the same as last year.
"When you combine that with the fact 6000 people were detected travelling above the speed limit - those thoughts should be incentive enough to turn anyone off acting like an idiot on our roads."
Luckily for motorists in the state, double demerits ended at the stroke of midnight, the same time our glorious four day weekend came to a close. While the increased police checks are over (for now), it shouldn't be a reason to start tearing up and down the roads - you'll still get fined or even arrested.
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