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Are you the perfect driver? If not, here are some road rules you mightn't have known about and have probably broken.

Double demerits in place from midnight for the long weekend. Picture: NSW Police Force/TwitterSource:istock

Police will be out in force across NSW and the ACT this Labour Day long weekend, with double demerits kicking in just after midnight tonight.

Motorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads as NSW Police launch their annual road safety enforcement action, Operation Slow Down.

Double demerits start tonight and will be in place from 12.01am on Friday October 4 and until 11.59pm Monday October 7.

Higher demerit penalties will be applied to speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

During the 2018 Operation Slow Down period, five lives were lost in four fatal crashes on NSW roads.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said along with school holidays, people were also embarking on long-haul drives to the NRL Grand Final and other events.

“These days are meant for families and friends to spend time together safely, so we are urging all motorists to plan ahead and manage their trips.

“This means not driving while you are tired, remembering to take breaks, not driving too fast for the conditions and refraining from alcohol if you’re getting behind the wheel.

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“Lives are being lost on the roads and families are being changed forever because some motorists have not heeded the warning signs or taken necessary precautions.”

The higher penalties mean if you are caught using your phone behind the wheel this long weekend you’ll cop 10 demerit points along with a $344 fine.

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h will result in a $280 fine and eight demerit points, which will can increase up to a $2484 fine and 12 demerit points for speeding 45km/h over the limit.

Not wearing a seatbelt will be six demerit points and a $344 fine. This jumps up to 12 demerit points when driving with two or more unrestrained passengers and can result in a fine of up to $1449.

Using your phone behind the wheel could cost you 10 demerit points.

Using your phone behind the wheel could cost you 10 demerit points.Source:istock

Motorcyclists caught riding without a helmet will cop a $344 fine and six demerit points, which can jump up to a $1791 fine and 18 demerit points if they are caught carrying multiple unhelmeted passengers.

Attorney-General and Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mark Speakman, said drivers, riders, cyclists, and pedestrians need to consider their own behaviour on the roads to keep themselves, their families, and other road users safe.

“Drivers need to stop and think about the impact of their behaviour on other road users. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, not wearing a seat belt or getting distracted could end in tragedy this weekend, so don’t risk your life, or the lives of others, over something stupid,” Mr Speakman said.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said speeding, driving under the influence and fatigue were the biggest killers on NSW roads.

“We need all motorists to play their part in keeping our road toll down. Don’t take a risk that you may regret for life,” Mr Toole said.

“As our clocks tick forward an hour for daylight savings, we’re reminding motorists to make sure their kilometres don’t tick forward too and if you’re planning on watching the Roosters and the Raiders battle it out during the Grand Final, make sure you have a Plan B.”

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