The system for traffic fines and penalties is designed to work with other measures, such as photo driver licences, roadside disqualification and roadside confiscation, to crack down on serious traffic offenders and make our roads safer.
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Driver licence offences
Under the Land Transport Act the maximum fines for less serious driver licensing offences are set at $1,000.
Repeat offences (especially third and subsequent offences) carry significant and high penalties - up to $4,500.
The most serious licensing offence, driving while disqualified or contrary to the conditions of a limited licence, carries a maximum fine for a third or subsequent offence of $6,000.
The period of imprisonment for this offence is two years.
The Land Transport Act also allows Judges to take account of the presence of aggravating factors such as repeat offending and the degree of intoxication of drink-drivers.
Serious alcohol offences have a second, tough level of penalties for third and subsequent offences, with maximum fines of $6,000, prison terms up to two years, and a one year minimum disqualification from driving.
Drink-driving causing injury or death carries fines up to $10,000 for driving carelessly while under the influence, and up to $20,000 where breath o
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