Some road users may be surprised to learn that their bad habit or occasional mistake on the road is actually an offence with a substantial penalty. If you’ve received a fine and you’re looking for information from South Australian traffic lawyers who know what they’re talking about, jump to the relevant section. Or, if you just want a refresher, take a read of this article to make sure you don’t get any of these hefty traffic fines:
All road users know that it’s an offence to drive above the prescribed speed limit. Speeding fine amounts and demerit points lost depend on how many kilometres per hour (km/hr) the driver exceeded the speed limit by, and the type of vehicle they were driving.
For people driving cars, the South Australian speeding fines and penalties are as follows:
In addition to speeding, there are other ‘hoon driving’ offences (and traffic fines). In South Australia, misusing a motor vehicle will result in the loss of 4 demerit points, while driving recklessly or at a speed, or in a manner dangerous to the public will result in the loss of six demerit points.
Both charges will additionally result in a fine imposed by the court, and police may clamp or impound the offender’s vehicle.
It’s an offence to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. What’s the drink drive limit in South Australia? Drivers can have up to a 0.049 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) without committing an offence. If a driver has more than 0.049 BAC, the driver will have committed an offence. The penalty depends on the amount of the substance detected in the driver’s blood.
For drug offences, the mere presence of the drug in the driver’s system after a drug driving test in South Australia is enough to constitute an offence and will attract a penalty. The penalties for first time offences are as follows:
Drivers should also be aware that multiple alcohol or drug-related driving charges result in increasing penalties, and an alcohol interlock being fitted in their vehicle following their period of disqualification.
It’s also an offence to refuse to take an alcotest, breath test, drug screening test or blood test. Refusing a drink or drug driving test in South Australia will attract a fine of $1,100.00–$1,600.00 and the loss of 6 demerit point
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For persons aged 16 years or over, it’s an offence to not wear a seatbelt when travelling in a motor vehicle, regardless of whether you’re the driver or a passenger. If you’re caught, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $403.00 and the loss of three demerit points.
Similarly, drivers of vehicles must make sure that a person or persons under 16 travelling in their vehicle are wearing their seatbelt(s) or approved child restraint(s). There are strict car seat laws in South Australia to protect children. Failing to do this will result in either a $403.00 fine and loss of 3 demerit points (if there is one person not properly restrained), or a $476.00 fine and loss of 5 demerit points (if there is more than one person).
There are large penalties for driving while on a mobile phone, or for using one while driving. The fine for using a mobile phone while driving is $565.00, and you’ll also lose 3 demerit points. Can a driver be fined for their passenger using a phone? This one surprises a lot of drivers; in some circumstances, the answer is yes. If the display of a passenger’s phone is visible to the driver, the driver will be fined and have to pay a victims of crime levy, but won’t lose any demerit points.
From disobeying road signs to hefty red light fines, South Australian traffic laws exist to protect all road users, and disobeying them can lead to steep fines and licence demerit points. How many demerit points will I lose for red light infractions? What is the fine for an illegal U-turn? We’re asked questions like this all the time, and there are various penalties for disobeying traffic lights and signs, and we’ve listed some of the most common ones below:
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What’s the fine for leaving the scene of an accident? This is a serious offence; if a driver fails to stop and assist after being involved in a motor vehicle accident which causes injury or death, they’ll lose five demerit points and be liable for a court imposed penalty. We recommend seeking professional legal advice if you are fined with leaving the scene of an accident.
Drivers may commit an offence by improperly performing some everyday driving behaviours. Did you know that you can be fined for driving in the wrong lane? Even if you’re in a hurry, it’s not just rude; hefty failing-to-give-way fines exist for drivers that make some common driving offences that many people don’t even realise are actually illegal, especially if they’ve held a licence for many years – even roundabout rules in SA have changed over the years, but not knowing them isn’t an excuse in the eyes of the law.
Here are some common offences and penalties you should know about:
Driving without a valid licence will attract up to a $1,250 fine. This penalty will be greater if the person has never held a licence, or is driving while disqualified following certain drink or drug driving offences.
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It’s not just dangerous: did you know you can be fined for driving without lights on? Drivers may get a $270 fine and lose one demerit point for driving at night or in hazardous conditions without their lights on. The fine also applies to using fog lights when not permitted.
There are additional offences for speeding or failing to use a low gear, which apply specifically to drivers of trucks and buses. These offences all attract a fine and a loss of demerit points.
Motorcyclists must wear a helmet and can only ride with one pillion passenger or they’ll be committing an offence. Penalties for these offences vary.
Cyclists can face penalties if they overtake a turning vehicle in certain circumstances, ride while holding onto a motor vehicle, ride without a helmet, ride without lights at night or in hazardous weather conditions, or proceed when bicycle crossing lights change. Penalties for these offences generally involve a fine rather than a loss of demerit points. What’s the fine for not wearing a bike helmet? Expect a penalty of $115.
Pedestrians should be aware of offences relating to proper use of road crossings, use of footpaths or causing traffic hazards. Penalties for pedestrians are generally $54 fines.
If you’ve been charged with one or more of the above offences and want to challenge or defend it, we can help. Johnston Withers lawyers have a wealth of experience assisting clients with traffic offences and traffic fines in South Australia. For traffic lawyers who are experienced in defending and challenging all of the offences discussed above, and more, reach out to our friendly team.
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