Drive for safety has much merit

Merit in adding two driving offences to the list of double-demerit penalties, that is.

Liza Harvey cited the State’s bad road death toll – we’ve only just climbed off the bottom of the table as the worst State or Territory ” for bringing in double demerits for illegal mobile phone use and running red lights.

‘In 2014 we hope measures such as these will reduce that toll (162 in 2013, 80 per cent of deaths were male),’ she said.

The new penalties come into effect over the Anzac Day and Easter holidays.

It is yet another reminder to put the phone down in the car, pay attention and look out for each other on the road.