Securing a licence to drive a vehicle is some kind of privilege that allows you the freedom to go from one location to another, whenever and wherever you want to. However, this privilege comes with a great responsibility, not only for your safety but also for that of other people and properties.
Statistics show an increasing rate of road deaths in the country. Whilst it is a reality that road accidents happen and some of them are fatal, this does not mean that they cannot be prevented. Any responsible driver or motorist can contribute to safe travel by faithfully abiding by the country or state’s traffic rules and regulations.
Driving in Australian road networks necessitates you to become familiar with the Australian Road Rules; otherwise, you might be apprehended for committing any of the traffic violations.
Driving Offences and their corresponding penalties
- Driving without licence is an offence that carries fines and imprisonment terms
- Driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, as detected by red lights and speed cameras, may be fined a maximum of $7,500
- Failing to stop after an accident, render assistance, and be ready to answer queries from an officer responding to the accident may be fined a maximum of $2,500
- Not obeying the directions of the responding officer: A driver who refuses to stop their vehicle or to answer questions and hand over their licence to the requesting officer or authority may be fined a maximum of $5,000
- Driving at high speeds that exceed the speed limit by 45 km carries varying penalties, the amount of which depends on the frequency or the number of times you committed the same offence. You may also face the suspension of your licence, the cancellation of your vehicle registration, or imprisonment
- Driving carelessly without due regard for others’ safety is punishable by penalties, also at varying amounts
- Misusing a vehicle like joining unauthorised races, causing unnecessary tire and engine noise, and causing any disturbance with the use of your vehicle carries a maximum fine of $2,500
You can apply for a special hardship order or work licence, depending on your circumstances, that is, if you need to drive to go to work, school, or to serve any special purpose whilst serving a suspension.
Road safety should be an utmost consideration not only for your sake, but for others as well. Under extreme and unavoidable circumstances when accidents happen, which cause you to commit a driving offence, it is good to know your rights and your legal options.
To understand clearly the intricacies of driving and traffic offences and the corresponding penalties that are applicable to your case or situation, contact us. We will gladly be of service to you regarding any traffic offences.