Points add up to loss of licence
IF you are charged for two high-speed traffic offences within a year, the second one attracts double demerit points – a road rule not many people would know of. And depending on how fast you were going, this could mean you lose all 12 points on your licence, which is exactly what happened to Benjamin James Rowland in August when he was caught doing speeds of up to 127kmh in an 80kmh zone on the Bruce Highway south of Gympie.
He lost four points in July for a high-range speeding offence and the second one attracted eight demerit points, which was doubled to 16.
In Gympie Magistrates Court seeking a special hardship licence, Rowland, 25, of Southside, was granted one because in his defence, he didn't know the speed limit was reduced from 90kmh to 80kmh for the Muster and the magistrate wasn't aware either.