The double demerit period will run over Christmas and New Year’s Day and will apply from 12.01am on December 20 until 11.59pm on January 1.
Motorists caught for speeding, seat belt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences during this time will cop double the demerit points.
The higher penalties mean if you are caught using your phone behind the wheel this holiday period you’ll cop 10 demerit points along with a $344 fine.
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h will result in a $280 fine and eight demerit points, which will can increase up to a $2484 fine and 12 demerit points for speeding 45km/h over the limit.
Not wearing a seatbelt will be six demerit points and a $344 fine. This jumps up to 12 demerit points when driving with two or more unrestrained passengers and can result in a fine of up to $1449.
Motorcyclists caught riding without a helmet will cop a $344 fine and six demerit points, which can jump up to a $1791 fine and 18 demerit points if they are caught carrying multiple unhelmeted passengers.
“School zones will still apply up until Friday, December 20 and falls within the double demerits period,” the NRMA website reads.
“Certain driving and parking offences attract an additional demerit point if committed in an operating school zone.
“The demerit for these offences will be doubled on Friday, December 20.”
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— The NRMA (@NRMA) December 17, 2019
WHAT ABOUT OTHER STATES?
Not all states employ double demerits during holiday periods, with only a few others following the same system as NSW.
Just like NSW, double demerit points will apply in the ACT from December 20 and run until January 1.
For drivers in Western Australia double demerits will be in place even longer, running from December 20 until January 5.
During this period the higher penalties will apply to a number of offences, including drink and drug driving, seatbelt, red light, mobile phone and speeding.
Queensland also has double demerits, but unlike other states they are not just applied during certain times of the year.
Drivers who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the subsequent offence.
This only applies if the later offence was committed within 12 months of a previous offence.
This rule is aimed at targeting specific offences including speeding more than 20km/h over the limit, illegal use of mobile phone, not correctly wearing a seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.