Double demerits to apply in several states for Australia Day


Australia Day is fast approaching, and police across the country are taking extra measures to detect and penalise any drivers breaking the law.  

Double demerits will be applied in several states, including NSW, WA and the ACT, over the long weekend.  

In NSW, double demerits will come into effect at midnight tonight (January 24) and continue until 11.59pm on Sunday, January 28.  

The NSW Police Force will particularly target speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.  

The fines will not double in price.  

Police in the ACT will also be handing out double demerit points from midnight tonight until midnight on Sunday.  

In WA, double demerits will apply over the same dates. Offences that could cost you include speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, running a red light, using a mobile phone or driving while using a device to avoid the detection of a speed camera.  

A double demerit system applies in Queensland all year round, and the rules will not change for Australia day or other holidays. 

People who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence.  

Police in Victoria, SA, Tasmania, and the NT will not be issuing double demerit points this weekend.  

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