NSW Introduces Mobile Detection Cameras
More and more accidents are being caused on our roads by people using mobile phones while driving. A study completed by the Australian Government in 2011 revealed that 59% of mobile phone users used their phone while driving. It is time that something was done, and as of December, New South Wales will be the first State in Australia to take action by introducing mobile phone detection cameras throughout the State.
A trial period in New South Wales between January 2019 and June 2019 was carried out with the new detection cameras. The trial saw 8.5 million cars scanned, and of that 8.5 million more than 100,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phones. Do we value the lives of others and of our own so little that a phone call or text is more important?
Drivers who are caught using their mobile phones will see themselves hit with a $344 fine and 5 demerit points. This will double to 10 demerit points from the 20th of December to the 5th of January over the holiday period. If caught at anytime in a school zone the fine will increase to $457.
Victoria and Queensland have plans to follow in New South Wales’ foot steps to introduce the detection cameras and will confirm these plans depending on the results for New South Wales in December. As of February 1st 2020 Queensland drivers will receive a $1,000 fine if caught.
I am in full support of this movement and hope to see a significant change in our motor accident tolls in future.