Double demerit points criticised

DOUBLING demerit points for drivers who speed in holiday periods won't reduce the carnage on Queensland's roads, Police Minister Neil Roberts says.

In the first 30 days of this year, 24 people were killed on the state's roads, compared with 17 for the same period last year.

Mr Roberts said the road toll was a concern, but a double-demerit point scheme applied only to multiple excessive speeding offences.

Double demerit points already applied in Queensland for drivers and motorcyclists who committed more than one high-range speeding (21kmh or more above the limit) offence within 12 months, he said.

"There is no proposal before government to extend double demerit points beyond this.

"The single best thing to reduce people's speed and dangerous or aggressive driving is a police presence," Mr Roberts said.

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