Enforcement of road and traffic laws
In Queensland, police officers, Department of Transport and Main Roads transport inspectors, and local council officers enforce road and traffic laws. If you break road rules repeatedly, you risk having your car impounded or confiscated.
Speeding plays a key role in the severity of many of the crashes on our roads. We strongly enforce speeding laws to help reduce injuries and avoid deaths.
We enforce speeding laws using:
- on-road police
- fixed speed cameras
- mobile speed cameras
- road safety camera trailers
- point-to-point speed cameras
- combined red light and speed cameras.
If you are caught speeding—by any enforcement method—you will be given a fine and demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. Depending on how much you are over the speed limit, you could face other punishments such as having your licence suspended.
If at any time a police officer, in a marked or unmarked car, detects you driving above the speed limit they can pull you over and issue you with a fine and record demerit points on your traffic history.
Enforcing parking laws ensures our roads and streets stay organised and safe for all road users and pedestrians.
Your local council parking officers and police officers enforce parking and permit laws by monitoring roads in and around:
- central business districts (CBD)
- residential roads and streets
If your vehicle is found parked incorrectly, or somewhere where it should not be, you will get a fine. In some cases, your vehicle will be towed in addition to a fine.
Learn about parking rules and fines.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be one of the major killers on our roads. We enforce drink and drug driving laws using:
- breath tests—to check your alcohol level
- saliva tests—to check for illegal drugs.
Breath and saliva tests can be random or targeted—if you are driving as if you might be under the influence of something, police can pull you over to do a test.
If a test shows you are drink or drug driving, the police officer will suspend your licence for 24 hours and can impound or confiscate your car. You will be issued a notice to appear in court where the Magistrate will issue you a fine and record demerit points on your traffic history.
Mobile phone laws
If you are distracted by your phone (for example, by sending a text message) when driving, you can be just as dangerous to pedestrians and other road users as a drunk driver or hoon. If at any time a police officer (in or out of uniform, or in a marked or unmarked car) sees you using a hand-held mobile phone in any way while driving (even when you are stopped at traffic lights) they will pull you over, give you a fine, and record demerit points on your traffic history.
Learn about mobile phone safety.
Not wearing a seatbelt is one the main causes of road crash death. Around 20 people die in Queensland each year because they are not wearing a seat belt when their vehicle crashes. We enforce seatbelt laws to help reduce injuries and avoid deaths.
If at any time a police officer (in or out of uniform, or in a marked or unmarked car) sees that you are not wearing a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle—they will pull you over, give you a fine and record demerit points on your traffic history. If a person 16 years or younger is seen not wearing a seatbelt, the driver will get the fine and demerit points.
If you drive on Queensland roads, you must know, and follow at all times, the:
Road rules, and the signs and markings that communicate them, are extremely important to keep our roads organised and safe.
We enforce traffic laws using cameras and on road police.
If you are caught breaking a traffic law (for example, making a U-turn where you are not permitted) you will be given a fine and demerit points may be recorded on your traffic history.
Licence and registration laws
Police regularly check that driver licences and vehicle registrations are current—and that you are driving the right type of vehicle, in the right conditions, for your licence. Police will check your licence and registration if they pull you over for:
- a random breath test
- a random saliva test
- breaking a law.
Open car or motorcycle licence
If you are on your open licence and driving a car or motorcycle when a police officer pulls you over—and you do not have your licence on you—the police officer may give you 48 hours to go to a police station (nominated by the police officer) and show your licence.
Learner, P1/P2 and heavy vehicle licences
If you are on your learner licence or P1/P2 licence, or driving a heavy vehicle (for example, a heavy rigid, heavy combination or multi-combination vehicle), you must carry your licence on you every time you drive. If a police officer pulls you over and you cannot show your licence, they will fine you.
Expired licence or registration
If a police officer pulls you over and your licence is expired or incorrect for the vehicle you are driving, or your vehicle registration has expired, they will fine you and impound your vehicle for 7 days or confiscate it depending on how many offences you have committed.