Drivers incur demerit points for certain traffic offences.
An offence that attracts demerit points remains on your licence record for three years from the date of the offence.
If you accumulate 12 or more demerits in a three year period you could lose your licence. If you are on a learner's permit or provisional licence you can only get four demerit points before you lose your licence. To find out how many demerits you have, go to checking your demerits and driving history.
The number of demerit points you get, depends on the offence and how likely it is to cause a crash. A summary of the most common offences and the fines can be found on mylicence.sa.gov.au.
If you commit a traffic offence, you may be issued with an expiation notice and have to pay a fine.
Expiations can be issued for a variety of reasons. Drivers are most likely to be issued one for a breach of traffic laws, for example a speeding offence.
mylicence.sa.gov.au has a summary of common offences and fines.
Complete lists of fines can be found in the South Australian Legislation web pages.
A Victims of crime levy also applies to most traffic offences. Refer to Schedule 1.
If you have an overdue fine, you may have your driver's licence suspended or be refused vehicle registration. For more information see fines enforcement restrictions.
You could be disqualified from driving if you:
For certain drink driving and excessive speeding offences an immediate loss of licence applies.
When returning from disqualification you may have probationary conditions added to your licence.
Any driver aged 25 years or under whose learner's permit or provisional licence has been disqualified is required to participate in the ur choice program.
Drivers who commit a serious drink driving offence must have an alcohol interlock (breath-testing) device fitted to their vehicle for a period of time at the end of their licence disqualification.
A serious drink driving offence is defined as:
For more information on road safety related offences go to the mylicence website.
Complete details on laws that apply to motorists are contained within the South Australian Legislation.
The issuing of driving licences, motor vehicle registration and compulsory third party (CTP) insurance is regulated under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.
Serious offences (otherwise known as indictable offences) such as causing death or injury by reckless or dangerous driving are contained in the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.
Demerit points that apply to road traffic offences are set out in the Motor Vehicles Regulations 2010. Go to Schedule 4 for a list of demerit points offences.
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