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When do double demerits start across the nation for Australia Day?

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Australia Day is nearly here but police around the country are warning motorists that poor driving behaviour will be penalised.

Breaking road rules comes with different fines and penalties across the country, and for some states and territories, it can come with even bigger point losses when double demerits are enforced over national holidays.

Here is what you need to know about your state and territory for January 26.

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New South Wales

Drivers will have to be extra cautious for five days in NSW as double demerits apply from 12am Wednesday, January 25 to midnight Sunday, January 29.

Double demerits apply for speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a motorbike helmet.

Motorists are also warned that school zones will be in operation on Friday, January 27.

"Drivers are reminded additional penalties can apply for certain offences committed in school zones," NRMA said.

Anyone caught breaking the road rules will face already hefty fines, lose double the points and possibly lose their licence.

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Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory has the same double demerit period as NSW from 12am Wednesday, January 25 to midnight Sunday, January 29.

The rules for double demerits depending on the offence are also the same as NSW.

Western Australia 

Double demerits don't apply for Australia Day in Western Australia but they do apply on other public holidays.

Visit WA's Road Safety Commission website to find out more.

Queensland

A double demerit system applies all year round in Queensland, not specifically for public holidays.

People who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence.

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Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania

Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania don't have a double demerits scheme.

The usual penalties and fines apply to offences committed on Australia Day.



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