Double demerit points are an effective way to discourage repeat offences on the roads, and ensure that drivers are held accountable for their actions. This system has been in place in Australia for over a decade and applies to a range of offences all year round.
Repeat Offences Subject to Double Demerit Points
Double demerit points are applicable for a range of offences. These include speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and failing to obey road signs. The double demerit points system applies to the same offence regardless of the state or territory in which the offence was committed.
In addition to the standard offences, double demerit points are also applicable during certain high-risk periods. These periods tend to coincide with public holidays, when a large number of people are travelling on the roads. During these periods, double demerit points will also be applied to offences such as failing to properly restrain children in cars, and driving an unregistered or uninsured vehicle.
Year-Round Double Demerit Point System
The double demerit points system applies all year round, and is designed to act as a deterrent to repeat offences. It works by adding additional penalty points to the driver’s licence when the same offence is committed more than once within three years. The additional points are added to the driver’s existing points, and if the total exceeds the maximum allowed, the licence may be suspended.
The system is also designed to ensure that drivers are held accountable for their actions and that they do not get away with minor offences. The penalty points are a reminder to drivers that their actions have consequences, and that they should take extra care when driving.
The double demerit points system is an effective way to ensure that drivers are held accountable for their actions and that repeat offences are discouraged. The system applies all year round to a range of offences, and during high-risk periods, additional offences are also subject to double demerit points. It is an important reminder to drivers to take extra care on the roads and to follow the rules.
The state of Victoria has recently announced the extension of the introduction of double demerit points for certain road safety offences all year round. The new legislation, announced as part of ‘A Safer Victoria: Road safety […]’, began on 1 December 2020 and will include offences flagged as high-risk to ensure greater road safety.
The main objective of the double demerit points system is to reduce road accidents and deter repeat offenders. Offenders who receive an infringement notice that has double demerit points attached will be penalised twice as much as usual. The offences listed as eligible for double demerit points are deemed to be of a high risk nature, and aim to target the most dangerous of road users.
The offences falling under the double demerit points system include speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone use and drug driving offences, as well as all unauthorised riding on bicycles, hover boards and skateboards. In addition, any offence committed more than once within a 12-month period may be eligible for additional penalties, including licence cancellation.
In combination with other road safety measures, such as compulsory installation of cameras at intersections and automated speed enforcement, double demerit points are expected to reduce traffic offences and ultimately save lives. It is hoped the introduction of the new system will act as an effective deterrent to road users and compel them to follow the rules of the road.
In conclusion, the new double demerit points system in Victoria is designed to reduce high-risk roads safety offences committed by repeat offenders. It is expected that this system, combined with other safety measures, will lead to improved road safety throughout the state.