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Wed, 3 Apr, 2019Basmah Qazi

Drivers be warned: Double demerits enforced for 8 DAYS over Easter and Anzac Day

Drivers be warned: Double demerits enforced for 8 DAYS over Easter and Anzac Day

It’s nearly that time of the year again, where a simple mistake on the road can cost you big.

Double demerits will be enforced for a total of eight days during the April holiday period, starting before Easter on Thursday, April 18, to Monday, April 22.

Then, a few short days later, they will start back up for Anzac Day on Wednesday, April 24, to Sunday, April 28.

Over 100 people have suffered from road related deaths since January 1 this year, and police are urging motorists to remain aware and stay safe over the holiday period.

The offences that have the toughest penalties include speeding, drink driving, mobile phone usage, riding without a helmet and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The consequence for using a phone behind the wheel has been toughened, with the demerit point penalty increasing from four to five, accompanied with a $337 fine.

Which means, during double demerit season, drivers can instantly lose 10 demerit points plus the fine.

Also, don’t forget to check the passengers sitting in your car, as a vehicle with unrestrained passengers can wipe your licence out immediately with a penalty of 12 demerit points and a fine of $1400.

Motorbike riders are not exempt either, as those carrying a passenger without a helmet could face a loss of 12 demerit points and a $673 fine.

And while the holiday period is a time to let your hair down, don’t get too comfortable, as blasting music from your car can cost you $200 and four demerit points.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in your state:

  • Western Australia: Like NSW, the double demerit points period begins on Thursday, April 18 to Monday, April 22. They will not be enforced over Anzac Day.
  • Queensland: QLD will not introduce double demerits over the holiday period, but double demerits apply year-round for repeat offenders.
  • ACT: Just like NSW and WA, ACT will follow the same timeline with double demerits starting from April 18-22.
  • South Australia, Victoria, NT and Tasmania: The remaining states will not be enforcing double demerits, but authorities have ensured that police will be out in full force over the break.

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