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Tue, 11 Dec, 2018Basmah Qazi

Think twice before breaking the rules: Double demerit season is almost here

Think twice before breaking the rules: Double demerit season is almost here

Aussies are being warned to abide by road rules as double demerit season looms closer.

Police will be on high alert for those breaking the rules on New South Wales roads from December 21 to January 1 this year.

Those caught speeding, using their mobile phone while behind the wheel, not wearing their seatbelt and riding without a helmet will be on the receiving end of a pricey fine and a loss of demerit points.

Motorists who are caught using their mobile phones while driving or stopped at a red light will lose 10 demerit points and receive a fine of $337.

If used in a school zone the fine is bumped up to $448 and a loss of 10 demerit points.

Drivers who are caught speeding 10km/h over the speed limit will face a loss of eight demerit points and a fine of $353, and those speeding 40km/h or more above the limit will lose 14 demerit points and receive a whopping $3821 fine.

Motorcyclists also need to remain wary as riding without a helmet will hit them with a $337 fine and a loss of six demerit points.

If a passenger on the offender’s bike is also without a helmet, that would be a further loss of 12 demerit points.

If drivers are caught wearing no seatbelt or a faulty one, then they will lose six demerit points and a $330 fine.

Double demerits will take place during the holiday period, starting from December 21 to January 1.

It will then start back up during Australia Day long weekend from January 25 to January 28.

Other states and territories are not exempt from the rules either, as double demerits in Western Australia will take place from December 21 to January 6, and the Australian Capital Territory will also impose the system.

Only New South Wales, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory implement double demerit points.

Double demerit points and fines for offences

Using a mobile phone behind the wheel:

New South Wales: 10 demerit points / $337 fine

Australian Capital Territory: 6 demerit points/ $557 fine

Western Australia: 6 demerit points/ $400 fine 

Motorcyclists caught without a helmet:

New South Wales: 6 demerit points/ $337 

Australian Capital Territory: 6 demerit points/ $151 fine

Western Australia: 0 demerit points/ $550 

Drivers not wearing a seatbelt:

New South Wales: 6 demerit points/ $330 fine 

Australian Capital Territory: 6 demerit points/ $92 fine 

Western Australia: 8 demerit points/ $550 fine 

Speeding over 10km/h:

New South Wales: 8 demerit points/ $353 fine

Australian Capital Territory: 2 demerit points/ $92 fine 

Western Australia (9km/h): 4 demerit points/ $200 fine 

Speeding over 40km/h:

New South Wales: 14 demerit points/ $3821 fine 

Australian Capital Territory: 8 demerit points/ $693

Western Australia: 12 demerit points/ $1,200