General Traffic Offences & Demerit Points

How we can help:

Make sure you call us before you pay your fine, even if you are guilty of a traffic offence. If you call us prior to paying your fine we may be able to find you a defence or have the number of demerit points reduced. Once you pay your fine you automatically accrue the demerit points.

Contact us for advice.


General traffic offences resulting in a loss of demerit points include:

  • Speeding
  • Using your mobile phone whilst driving
  • Proceeding through a red traffic light
  • Failing to give way
  • Careless driving
  • Drink Driving


There has been an increase in the number of demerit points for ordinary traffic offences. More and more people are accruing points and losing their licence. The effect can be devastating in the loss of employment and livelihood. Demerit points stay with you for three years from the date of the offence, so prior to paying any fine you should always check how many points are left on your licence. This is particularly important for young drivers. Accruing fines and points can result in lengthier periods spent on provisional licence conditions.

If you accumulate:

  • 12 to 15 points you lose your right to drive for three months
  • 16 to 20 points you lose your right to drive for four months
  • more than 20 points you lose your right to drive for five months.

For a full list of the number of demerit points that attach to different offences see the South Australian Government website.