Police will be out in force over the Easter long weekend.
Police will be out in force over the Easter long weekend. Megan Pope

Survey shows double demerit points supported by drivers

MOST motorists support using double demerit points as a measure to improve road safety, a new survey has shown.

Police have vowed to be out on every corner and every fatigue-inducing road this long weekend as the state's road toll soars 15 fatalities above the same time 12 months ago.

The double-demerits period kicked off at midnight on Wednesday and will apply until the same time on Monday.

Authorities are hoping this will serve as a deterrent to motorists contemplating the fatal five - speeding, inattention, fatigue, restraints and drink or drug-driving.

Trilby Misso Practice group leader Peter Hall said an online survey conducted by his firm found 69% of respondents said the threat of double demerit points helped reduce dangerous driving conditions.

Mr Hall said with the Easter holidays here, it was encouraging to see a strong majority of survey respondents supporting measures aimed at reducing the road toll.

"Unfortunately, the holiday periods can be a time when too many Queenslanders have their lives touched by tragedy on the roads," he said.

"Police will be kept busy over Easter trying to keep the roads safe, and it's good for them to know they have strong public support."

Mr Hall said the double demerit point regime applied in all state and territory jurisdictions during holiday periods and long weekends.

But he reminded motorists that Queenslanders could also be issued with double demerit points outside of holiday periods and long weekends.

"In Queensland, if you commit the same traffic offence for a second time within a 12 month period you will incur double points," he said.

"The same applies for not wearing a seatbelt. If an offence is committed within 12 months of the first infringement then double points apply.

"All licenced motorists in Queensland need to know that these requirements exist."

Does the threat of double demerit points reduce dangerous driving?

This poll ended on 27 April 2013.

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This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.