From 1 July, penalties will increase for high-risk driving behaviours, including speeding, not wearing a correctly fitted seatbelt, and running red-lights.
The increased penalties aim to deter motorists from committing these preventable offences that cause road crashes where lives are lost or where people are seriously injured.
New penalties will be:
- 1-10 kmh $287 + 1 demerit point
- 11-20 kmh $431 + 3 demerit points
- 21-30 kmh $646 + 4 demerit points
- 31-40 kmh $1078 + 6 demerit points
- More than 40 kmh $1653 + 8 demerit points and automatic 6-month licence suspension
* The speeding penalty bracket of 1-12 km/hr and 13-20 km/hr will change to 1-10 km/hr and 11-20 km/hr to reflect risk and align Queensland with many other Australian jurisdictions.
Seatbelt penalties will increase to $1078 and 4 demerit points (the driver will also receive these penalties for each passenger who is not wearing a seatbelt or not wearing one properly).
Running a red light will incur a $575 and 3 demerit points.
Double demerit points apply for seatbelt offences and offences for speeding more than 20km/hr over the speed limit committed two or more times in 12 months. Anybody persisting in these dangerous behaviours runs the very real risk of having their licence suspended.