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.