Increased penalties for dangerous driving behaviours
From 1 July 2022, tougher penalties for high-risk driving behaviours that continue to cause serious injury and loss of life on our roads apply.
These include speeding, failure to wear a correctly fitted seatbelt (or child restraint), and disobeying traffic lights.
The penalties are increasing to align with other similar offences and to deter dangerous driving behaviours on our roads.
- 1-10km/hr* - $287 and 1 demerit point
- 11-20km/hr* - $431 and 3 demerit points
- 21-30km/hr - $646 and 4 demerit points
- 31-40km/hr - $1078 and 6 demerit points
- More than 40km/hr - $1653 + 8 demerit points and automatic 6-month licence suspension.
* The speeding penalty bracket of 1-12km/hr and 13-20km/hr will change to 1-10km/hr and 11-20km/hr to reflect risk and align Queensland with many other Australian jurisdictions.
Double demerit points apply for 2 or more offences committed within 1 year of the previous offence (for speeding offences 21km/hr and above).
Penalties of $1078 and 4 demerit points will apply to drivers for:
- not wearing a correctly-fitted seatbelt (unless exempt)
- passengers not wearing a correctly-fitted seatbelt or correctly-fitted child restraint (unless exempt)
Double demerit points apply for 2 or more offences committed within 1 year of the previous offence.
Red-light camera offences
- $575 and 3 demerit points.
This includes not stopping at yellow or red traffic lights and yellow or red bus and tram lights.