WA Government introduces double demerits for driving offences over Easter.

The WA government is reminding Western Australians that only essential travel is permitted on the roads with significant intrastate and interstate travel restrictions in place, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

WA traffic laws continue to apply and double demerit points come into force from midnight Wednesday April 8 until midnight Monday April 13, 2020.

Double demerits apply to speeding, drink and drug driving, going through a red light, mobile phone use whilst driving, not wearing a seat belt, using a device designed to evade detection by a speed camera, and driving in a way to avoid detection by a speed camera.

It is hoped that this Easter, with far fewer people on our roads, there will bee a significant drop in deaths and serious injuries, particularly on country roads.

"In these unprecedented times combatting COVID-19, very few of us will be on our roads this Easter long weekend," said Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts.

"If you have to drive, drive safely and to the road conditions

"Our doctors and nurses are working around the clock to fight this pandemic, and they need you to stay home.

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