Contrary to popular belief, not all driving and traffic offences carry a ‘double demerit’ penalty during long weekends and public holiday periods.
The only offences that carry the increased penalty are: –
- Speeding Offences;
- Not wearing a seatbelt; and
- Mobile phone usage.
All other driving and traffic offences such as not stopping at a red light or illegal u-turns carry their usual penalty.
Another important thing to take note of is that using a smart watch for mobile phone functions, such as messaging, emailing or social media communications whilst driving it falls under a ‘mobile phone usage’ offence and will attract double demerit points during these periods.
Another common misconception is that drink driving offences carry a ‘double demerit’ penalty, however, drink driving offences actually do not carry any demerit penalty and are their own category of offences which is a criminal charge. It can also involve a mandatory loss of license and fines if the Court deems it necessary.
If you require assistance with a driving and traffic offence, please contact our office to speak to one of our experienced solicitors on (02) 4655 4224.