On the Eleventh Day of Christmas – don’t forget the Double Demerit period

Posted by Luke Mitchell, Malcolm Campbell on 15 December 2015
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas – don’t forget the Double Demerit period

As the end of year holiday season nears, a reminder to all drivers that the Christmas double demerit period will begin at 1:00am Thursday, 24 December 2015. 

The demerit period will run for eleven days and will end at midnight on Sunday, 3 January 2016.

For the first time illegal use of mobile phones will also be included in the list of double demerit offences.

It is worth noting that from early 2016 the "standard" points lost for illegal use of mobile phones will rise from 3 to 4 points - meaning a  double demerit point loss of 8 points.

During the 2015 Christmas double demerit period, loss of points will apply as follows:

  • Exceed speed limit by not more than 10km/h – 2 points
  • Exceed speed limit by 11-20km/h – 6 points
  • Exceed speed limit by 21-30km/h – 8 points
  • Exceed speed limit by 31-45km/h – 10 points and licence suspension
  • Exceed speed limit by more than 45km/h – 12 points and licence suspension
  • Driver not wearing own seatbelt – 6 points
  • Driver with passengers not wearing seatbelt – minimum 6 points
  • Illegal use of mobile phone – 6 points
  • Rider on a motorcycle without own helmet – 6 points
  • Rider with a passenger on a motorcycle not wearing a helmet – minimum 6 points

Take time to plan your journey over the Christmas and New Year periods.   Use Driver Reviver stops and take a break every two hours.

Drive within the road and weather conditions and make positive choices about your actions to ensure your safety, that of your passenger’s and that of other road users. 

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