The double demerit myth for Queenslanders

Double demerit points over the Easter long weekend will not apply to Queensland drivers but it won’t mean wrong-doers would get off lightly, the State’s peak motoring body said.

RACQ has reminded Queensland drivers double demerit points were in fact in effect 365 days a year for certain driving offences.

Motorists in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia were subject to double demerit points for certain traffic offences over the Easter long weekend.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said Queensland opted for a double demerit points system for a range of high risk offences, including mobile phone use behind the wheel, rather than just at a particular time of year.

“Drivers should look past the financial and demerit penalties for breaking the law. The worst thing that could happen isn’t getting a fine or losing your licence – you or someone else could be seriously injured or killed,” Mr Spalding said.

“Easter is a very high risk time for crashes so we want everyone to do their part and obey the road rules and make it home safely.”