Urgent warning over $469 fine that comes into force TOMORROW

Urgent warning over huge fines that come into force tomorrow as police ramp up patrols ahead of Australia Day

  • Australians driving interstate risk copping double demerits over Christmas
  • NSW and ACT are operating double demerits from December 24 to January 3 
  • Western Australia’s double demerits scheme lasts from same day to January 9 
  • In Queensland, drivers subject to double demerits for repeat traffic offences 

Drivers are being warned to be extra cautious as double demerits are brought in for Australia Day.

For those in NSW and the ACT, double demerits will be in force from 12.01am on Wednesday to 11.59pm on Sunday.

The change means drivers caught committing certain offences on the road will face double the demerit points for that offence.

Australians risk receiving double the normal number of points on their licence if they break road rules over the Christmas period (file image)

Australians risk receiving double the normal number of points on their licence if they break road rules over the Christmas period (file image)

It applies to speeding, the illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a motorcycle helmet.

Drivers are urged to keep in mind that mobile phone detection cameras are active and drivers caught using their phones during a double-demerit period will be hit with a $352 fine ($469 in a school zone) and 10 demerits.

Dubbed Operation Australia Day, law enforcement officers will be on ramped up patrols on the lookout for drivers breaking the rules.

“Double demerits will apply during the operation, and additional police will be deployed across the state, in both regional and metro areas, to keep the community safe over the busy period,” an NSW Police spokesperson said.

The NRMA warned drivers that school zones and their 40km/h limit would be activated on Friday.

In Queensland, there is no specific Christmas double demerit scheme. 

But as part of a year-round system, drivers will still be given double points if they commit an offence they have already been fined for in the past 12 months. 

Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia do not have double demerit systems. 

However authorities in all those states and territories have urged motorists to drive safely.

Both NSW and the ACT are punishing traffic offences with double demerit points from 12.01am on December 24 to 11.59pm on January 3 (file image of a traffic stop on Moore Park Road in Sydney)

 Both NSW and the ACT are punishing traffic offences with double demerit points from 12.01am on December 24 to 11.59pm on January 3 (file image of a traffic stop on Moore Park Road in Sydney)

 

“Drivers are reminded additional penalties can apply for certain offences committed in school zones,” an NRMA spokesperson said.

Queensland’s double demerit point system will remain in operation, with drivers penalised with double points all year round if they commit a second or subsequent offence within 12 months.

Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory will not have a double demerit points system in place, with usual penalties applied to drivers.

Western Australia, which applies double demerit points to drivers on other public holidays, does not have the system in place for the Australia Day period.

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