A woman has lost her licence after being slapped with a whopping 34 demerit points in Sydney’s west.
Police said they saw the woman using her mobile phone while negotiating a roundabout in the main street of Katoomba on Friday about 2pm.
It’s further alleged none of her passengers - three children and a man - were wearing seatbelts.
She was issued five penalty notices (one for the mobile phone and four for the unrestrained passengers) for a total of $1793 in fines and 34 demerits points.
Incurring 20 or more demerit points on an unrestricted licence in NSW is a five-month suspension. The hefty penalty also comes as Australia tightens laws on drivers using phones while behind the wheel.
In an unrelated incident, a 50-year-old man was pulled over in Wollongong’s north on Friday at 12.30pm by police who discovered he was driving with a licence disqualified until 2022.
He was issued with fines for driving while disqualified, and driving while unregistered and uninsured.
The 50-year-old was stopped about 40 minutes later and handed a Future Court Attendance Notice for the same offences.
A number of people have been hit with large penalties during the double demerit period.
On Christmas Day, a driver on his provisional licence was slapped with 20 demerit points in Moree.
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