We remind motorists that double demerits apply from Friday 23 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 inclusive. Please drive safely and take extra care on the roads.
Also, as of 4 January 2016 the standard penalty for mobile phone offences rose to four demerit points. Since the end of last year, mobile phone offences have been included in double demerit periods. This means those caught talking or texting illegally while driving during this long weekend will incur eight demerit points – a huge amount when the threshold on unrestricted licences is 13 points.
The double demerit point scheme now applies for the following types of offences:
- Illegal use of mobile phones
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Riding without a helmet
The scheme is designed to encourage safe and responsible driving. Working in conjunction with financial penalties, demerit points provide a strong incentive to drive within the law.
Double demerit periods were introduced in 1997 in NSW. By law, double demerit periods must be advertised and awareness campaigns are co-ordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers. See the RMS Demerits points page for a full rundown of offences and penalties.
Do you think the Double Demerits scheme is an effective way of preventing dangerous driving?