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The National Day of Mourning is a double whammy

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Twin shortages will be in place this weekend following a surprise announcement from Transport NSW.

The decision to introduce a double sentence to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s National Day of Mourning has been hailed as “harsh”.

Transport for NSW announced on Monday that the unexpected double cancellation period would run from midnight on Wednesday until 11.59pm on Sunday.

Motorists will lose double the usual number of demerit points if they are caught speeding or committing offenses using seat belts, mobile phones and motorcycle helmets.

Motorists are in for a double whammy if they are caught speeding.  Photo: Jake Nowakowski
Motorists are in for a double whammy if they are caught speeding. Photo: Jake Nowakowski

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Radio presenter Ben Fordham criticized the “heavy-handed” decision on his 2GB breakfast show, saying it was illogical to “slather on double faults” on a day of national mourning.

“I’m not sure what the Prime Minister meant when he said we would be observing a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II to say, ‘let’s also find an excuse or a way for motorists to be doubly disadvantaged.’ if they drive a few kilometers at a higher speed,” he criticized.

NSW Transport Safety Deputy Secretary Tara McCarthy said the penalty period would be applied to account for the extra road users involved in the public holiday on Thursday, a day of national mourning.

“Although this is a grim case, there will still be more people on the roads over the next few days and over the weekend as the school term ends on Friday, so it’s important for us all to take extra care,” Ms McCarthy said. said.

“The last thing we want to see during this period is an increase in road injuries, so there will be double jeopardy, just like any other bank holiday, to deter people from doing the wrong thing and putting their lives at risk.”

From Wednesday to Sunday, the police will issue double fines.
From Wednesday to Sunday, the police will issue double fines.

Fordham said the hasty imposition of double handicaps appeared to run counter to the intention of the public holiday, which is a day to honor the Queen after her historic 70-year reign.

“I can understand that when you have a normal public holiday and more people on the roads, but I’m not sure too many people are going to head out on the National Day of Mourning,” he said.

“That’s not the whole idea.”

The Road Transport Regulations provide double demerits for long weekends when a public holiday falls on a Thursday, Friday, Monday or Tuesday.

Motorists who exceed the speed limit by 10-20 km/h can lose six points, while the same offense in a school zone will result in the loss of eight points.

Anyone caught speeding by 45km/h will lose 12 out of 13 points on their licence.

Queen Elizabeth II was famous for driving her Range Rover herself.  Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II was famous for driving her Range Rover herself. Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

It is doubtful that Queen Elizabeth II herself would approve of this decision.

The independent monarch was known for driving herself around her Balmoral estate and even chauffeured dignitaries.

On one such notable occasion in 1998, the Queen drove Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah through the Scottish countryside, when women were banned from driving in his home country.

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Adelaide Lang is a digital reporter for The Bowral News. She lives in the Southern Highlands and covers general local news with a focus on councils, courts and crime.

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