Mobile phone detection cameras to come into effect on 1 December
The mobile phone detection camera program enforcing illegal mobile phone use by drivers commences on Sunday 1 December 2019.
The program will include fixed and transportable cameras that will commence operating at locations across the network. The high-definition cameras use artificial intelligence to spot drivers, regardless of the weather or time of day. While the portable versions will be mounted on trailers and operate across the state
Warning letters relating to camera-detected offences will be issued for the first three months. Following this period, the penalty for offending drivers is five demerit points and a $344 fine ($457 in a school zone). The penalty increases to 10 demerit points during double demerit periods.
What is the penalty?
Drivers who use a mobile phone illegally will be penalised five demerit points. During double demerit periods, drivers who break the rules will be penalised 10 demerit points, plus sizeable fines apply.
Distracted driving and mobile phones
With 20 million mobile phone users in Australia in 2019 and the addition of new in-vehicle communication systems, distracted driving is fast becoming a severe threat to road safety.
Using a mobile phone while driving increases your risk of a crash four-fold. Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous because it may lead to:
- Slower reaction times
- Wandering out of your lane
- Slower and less controlled braking
- Riskier decision making