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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.

The road rules for speeding, seatbelts and child restraints, and obeying red lights have not changed.

Speeding offences

  • 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).

Seatbelt offences

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.

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