This article will outline how speeding charges are laid in Queensland, the court process involved, the penalties associated with speeding offences, and the consequences of being convicted of a speeding offence.
Speeding is one of the most common traffic offences committed on Queensland roads. The speed limits are enforced rigorously by the Queensland Police Service to ensure the safety of all road users.
Charges for Speeding Offences
In Queensland, if you exceed the speed limit by:
- Less than 13km/h, you will receive a fine and demerit points;
- 13km/h to 20km/h, you will receive a larger fine and more demerit points;
- More than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h, you will receive an even larger fine and more demerit points;
- More than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h, you will receive a significant fine, and your license will be suspended for 6 months;
- More than 40km/h, you will receive a significant fine, and your license will be suspended for 6 months, and you will need to appear in court.
For most speeding offences, you will not need to appear in court and can simply pay the fine. However, if you are caught speeding by more than 40km/h over the speed limit, you will receive a notice to appear in court.
The court process involves the following stages:
First Appearance: This is your first appearance in court, where you will be formally charged. You can plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, the court will proceed to sentencing. If you plead not guilty, the matter will be set down for a hearing or trial.
Hearing or Trial: This is where the evidence is presented to the court. The prosecution will present their case first, followed by the defence. Witnesses may be called, and evidence may be presented.
Decision: After hearing all the evidence, the magistrate or judge will make a decision. If you are found guilty, the court will proceed to sentencing.
Penalties and Consequences for speeding offences in Queensland
The penalties for speeding offences in Queensland vary depending on how much you exceeded the speed limit:
- Less than 13km/h over the speed limit: A fine of up to $177 and 1 demerit point.
- 13km/h to 20km/h over the speed limit: A fine of up to $266 and 3 demerit points.
- 20km/h to 30km/h over the speed limit: A fine of up to $444 and 4 demerit points.
- 30km/h to 40km/h over the speed limit: A fine of up to $622 and 6 demerit points, and a 6-month license suspension.
- More than 40km/h over the speed limit: A fine of up to $1,245 and 8 demerit points, and a 6-month license suspension.
The consequences of a speeding conviction can be far-reaching. It may affect your ability to obtain car insurance or result in increased insurance premiums. It may also affect your employment prospects, particularly if driving is a requirement of your job. If you accrue too many demerit points, your license may be suspended.
Speeding is a serious offence in Queensland, and the penalties and consequences can be severe. If you are charged with a speeding offence, it is essential to seek legal advice as soon as possible to understand your rights and options. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the court process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.