With the introduction of new mobile phone laws in New South Wales last November, over 11,000 motorists have been fined a combined $3.3 milion.
Late last year, I covered the introduction of new mobile phone laws into New South Wales, laws that were already in effect throughout Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. These laws were implemented to crack down on the number of drivers engaging in text messaging, social networking and making phone calls while driving, including when stopped at lights. Furthermore, the laws have forced those using their phones as a GPS to purchase a mount that doesn’t distract the driver from the road.
The new laws may seem tough, with a $298 and a three demerit point loss if caught, or $398 and four demerit points in a school zone, but distraction is one of the leading causes of accidents.
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
Is this just a revenue raising exercise? Do you think those who are caught will learn their lesson? Should the fine be halved for those who can provide receipt of purchase for a cradle/phone mount?