With the increase in holiday traffic, double demerits will again commence over the Easter period from 13 to 17 April 2017 and during the Anzac Day period from 21 April to 25 April 2017.
The demerit point system provides an incentive for drivers to improve their driving behaviour, obey road rules and comply with NSW traffic laws. The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences:
Illegal use of mobile phones;
Not wearing a seat-belt; and
Riding without a helmet.
You can appeal to the Local Court against a licence suspension if you are suspended for:
exceeding demerit points (in your class of licence) and you hold a provisional or learner’s licence; or
speeding more than 30 km/hr above the speed limit; or
speeding more than 45 km/hr above the speed limit.
Note: you cannot appeal a demerit point suspension if you hold an unrestricted licence. However, if you hold an unrestricted licence, you can elect to serve a good behaviour period rather than lose your licence.
Holiday periods sadly also coincide with an increase in fatalities on NSW roads.
When people drink and drive it increases the risks of having an accident:
a person with a blood alcohol reading of 0.05 (low-range) doubles the risk of having an accident.
a person with a blood alcohol reading of 0.08 (mid-range) is 7 times more likely to be involved in an accident and
a person with a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 (high-range) is 25 times more likely to be in an accident.
The Penalties for Drink Driving
Drink driving attracts serious penalties. A summary of penalties and disqualification periods for drink driving matters are noted below:
All of us at Turnbull Hill Lawyers hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday period. We urge you to take care on the roads and to always have an appropriate plan in place if alcohol is consumed.