Bike cop pings driver 34 demerits

NSW motorcycle police demerits

A NSW Police Motorcycle Response Group rider has caught a female driver using a mobile phone while negotiating a roundabout, contributing to her incurring $1793 in fines and 34 demerits.

Motorcycles are considered an important asset to police, manoeuvring in traffic congestion, public event management, dignitary escorts, ceremonial duties, and speed and traffic offence patrols.

They have been particularly useful for patrolling for mobile phone offences as in the situation above in Katoomba yesterday (27 December 2019).

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Police patrol for mobile phone misuse

A motorcycle cop’s high position allows them to see drivers holding a phone in their lap.

Riders are well aware of this and often see drivers illegally using mobile phones.

In the Katoomba driver’s case, she was also pinged for having three children and a man in the car with her not wearing seatbelts.

Double demerits currently apply in NSW which resulted in the driver accumulating the massive penalty of 34 points.

We asked NSW Police what that would mean for her licence and they said they did not know, but referred us to the Roads and Maritime Services website.

It says motorists who accumulate 20 or more points in a three-year period will cop a five-month suspension or three months if they are on a restricted licence.

The RMS may also refuse to renew their licence for another five months.mobile phone demerits

Double demerits

Double demerit points now apply in NSW and the ACT until January 1 (inclusive) and January 5 in Western Australia.

Riders from Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia passing through NSW, ACT or WA during any declared holiday period do not cop the double demerits.

Queensland motorists attract double points for speeding offences of 21km/h or greater over the speed limit and seatbelt offences if they occur more than once within a 12-month period.

4 Comments

  1. For using a mobile phone whilst driving increase the fine too $1000 and 5 Demerit points. Also make it Zero Alcohol whilst driving for all licenses.

  2. Kudos to the police motorcyclist for being Proactive in relation to illegal mobile phone usage whilst driving, this story will be all a flutter on the internet & a few more of these arrests will slow it down, just like DUI did way back when.
    Really like the bit where you write “It says motorists who accumulate 20 or more points in a three-year period will cop a five-month suspension or three months if they are on a restricted licence. -The RMS may also refuse to renew their licence for another five months”. Really, really want this to happen & once word gets out there, illegal mobile phone usage will tapper off, the down side is less GVT Revenue . Like the Biltwell helmet photo.

  3. Can’t the police or someone (anyone) book pedestrians who slowly (oh so slowly) stroll across a zebra crossing while texting on their mobile phone? It is so aggravating when you have to stop as they stroll across too busy on their toys to even think that they are holding up traffic, the idea of a crossing is to move briskly but today’s generations think they own the world.

    1. IanJH; Once, i gently tooted my horn in the above scenario, so that this girl wouldn’t get run over or anything & boy did she give me an earful, swore better/worse than any truck driver or addict who couldn’t get their prescription filled & threw in a handful of swearwords I didn’t know were invented yet, all this from the most prettiest of girls swishing her summer dress, hair back in a pony tail, the sun shining on her just right, aw man.. (but with the most foulest & dirtiest mouth) -since then I just smile to myself & theses ‘princesses’ whilst i wait.

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