PSA: The reason why you should drive safely this Christmas

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Besides obvious safety reasons.

It's nearly the end of 2018 and that means only one thing: holiday time!

And in the spirit of the holidays, we're here with a very special PSA to remind y'all to drive safely.

Besides obvious safety reasons, you should drive safely because double demerits are back and will be in place across Australia.

That means big fines and a heap of demerit points are in order to those who decide to go over the speed limit, use a phone while driving, or not wear seatbelts. 

Since these penalties differ depending on where you are in Australia, here are all the double demerit and driving penalty deets you'll want to know this holidays.

New South Wales

Double demerits come in on December 21 at midnight and will go on until January 1.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 10 demerit points and $337 fine
  • Speeding - between 2 and 12 demerit points and fines between $119 and $2435
  • Not wearing a seatbelt - 6 demerit points and $337 fine. Can get up to 12 points and a $1422 fine if four or more passengers are unrestrained
  • Not wearing a motorbike helmet - 6 demerit points and $337 fine, or 18 points and $1757 if passengers are unhelmeted
  • Driving around with a someone in your boot - 6 points and $337 fine
  • Passing a school bus while driving over 40km/h - between 2 and 12 demerit points and fines between $119 and $2435

ACT

Double demerits come in on December 21 at midnight and will go on until January 1.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 8 demerit points and $557 fine
  • Speeding - between 2 and 12 demerit points and fines between $292 and $1841
  • Not wearing a motorbike helmet/not wearing a seatbelt- 6 demerit points and $492 fine

Queensland

Instead of having a double demerit period, QLD has double demerits all year for repeat offenders.

Repeat offenders will cop double demerits for the second or consequence offence, as long as the later offence was committed within 12 months of the earlier offence.

Going 20km/h or more over the speed limit within a 12 month period will land you between 4 and 16 demerit points, and a fine between $435 and $1218.

Using a phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, or not wearing a helmet will cop 6 demerit points and a $391 fine.

Western Australia

Double demerits come in on December 21 at midnight and will go on until January 6.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 6 demerit points and $400 fine
  • Speeding - between 4 and 14 demerit points and fines between $200 and $1200
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs - between 6 and 10 demerit points and fines between $400 and $500
  • Not wearing a seatbelt- 8 demerit points and $550 and $900 fine
  • Running a red light - 6 demerit points and $300 fine

South Australia

No double demerit periods in SA but you can still cop big fines and demerit points.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 3 demerit points and $394 fine
  • Speeding - up to 9 demerit points and fines between $234 and $1096
  • Not wearing a seatbelt- 3 demerit points and $492 fine
  • Running a red light - 2 demerit points and $337 fine

Victoria 

No double demerit periods in Victoria but you can still cop big fines and demerit points.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 4 demerit points and $484 fine
  • Speeding - between 1 and 8 demerit points and fines between $201 and $806
  • Not wearing a seatbelt- 3 demerit points and $322 fine
  • Running a red light - 3 demerit points and $403 fine

Northern Territory

No double demerit periods in NT but you can still cop big fines and demerit points.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 3 demerit points and $250 fine
  • Speeding - between 1 and 6 demerit points and fines between $150 and $1000
  • Not wearing a seatbelt- 3 demerit points and $500 fine
  • Running a red light - 3 demerit points and $240 fine

Tasmania

No double demerit periods in Tassie but you can still cop big fines and demerit points.

Penalties will include:

  • Using your phone while driving - 3 demerit points and $326 fine
  • Speeding - 2 demerit points and fines between $81.50 and $937.25, along with a possible disqualification period
  • Not wearing a seatbelt- 3 demerit points and $326 fine
  • Running a red light - 3 demerit points and $163 fine

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