780 drivers have been fined at least $298 in the first 11 days of new strict phone rules
780 drivers have been fined at least $298 and had three demerit points taken from their record in the first 11 days of new strict phone rules in New South Wales. Drew explains the new rules and how they affect every Australian.
The use of hand-held mobile phones has been illegal in states such as Victoria for a number of years and up until now, New South Wales laws have been very laxed on the issue. These new rules are intended to bring New South Wales laws up to standard.
Why is using your mobile dangerous?
Using your mobile phone while driving or even stationary (parked at the lights) is proven to:
- slow your reactions
- make you more likely to wander out of your lane
- distract you, making you spend less time checking your surroundings
- affect your decision making
The new rules state that when your car is moving or stationary (not parked), you can only use the mobile phone for sending or receiving calls if it is stationed in a fixed mounted cradle or does not require you to touch it. All other functions including emails, texting, messages and video are prohibited.
To use the phone for GPS purposes, the phone needs to be in a fixed mounted location which does not distract you from the road.
A breach of the rules will attract a $298 fine and three demerit points or if the breach occurs in a school zone, the fine will rise to $397 and four demerit points.
On Sunday in the United States, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski tweeted a photo from his car during the running of the Daytona 500. His car was stationary as another drivers crashed and his car had burst into flames (the driver was ok). While it was not against the NASCAR rules, he was fined a tidy $25,000.
For more information read your state’s road rules regarding mobile phones below.
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