QUEENSLANDERS HAVE DOUBLE DEMERIT POINTS ALL YEAR AROUND - LAWYER
PINE RIVERS TRAFFIC LAWYERS
Suspension, Police, Licence
Unlike the NSW Government which imposes a strict regime of Double Demerit points during holiday periods and long weekends, Queensland has a system of enforcing Double Demerit points all year around as observed by Lawyer Jamie Whitehead of Pine Rivers Traffic Lawyers.
In NSW the issue of Double Demerit Points on holidays and long weekends is no new initiative. "You would be surprised at how many enquiries that we get seeking clarification on whether people have to watch their speed because it is Easter or a long weekend in Queensland. The fact is that in Queensland, we have Double Demerit points for the whole of the year." Mr Whitehead stated recently.
The system works differently in Queensland. If a driver is detected driving at a speed over 20kph above the imposed speed limit a first time, regardless of the time of the year, they DO NOT LOSE DOUBLE POINTS. The issue arises where the driver commits a speeding offence above 20 kph a second time in 12 months. So for example, if you commit a speeding offence of 22kph over the speed limit, you will lose 4 points. If you are caught speeding again and you are 22 kph over the speed limit within 12 months of the first offence, you will lose 4 demerit points for the second offence, plus an extra 4 points, because the offence was committed within 12 months of the first offence. It is highly likely in such an instance that a driver will have their licence suspended.
Speeding is not the only issue. If a driver is detected not wearing a seatbelt, they lose 3 points. If another seatbelt offence is detected in a 12 month period of the original offence, the driver will lose 3 points for the offence and then be punished with a loss of a further 3 points.
"Every person with a drivers licence in Queensland needs to understand that these requirements exist." Mr Whitehead advises. PINE RIVERS TRAFFIC LAWYERS 0435 894 500
, Pine Rivers