Roadside Cameras To Be Rolled Out Across QLD To Catch Phone Users

Major crackdown

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Roadside cameras that can catch drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel or not wearing a seatbelt will be permanently rolled out on the state's roads later this month.

It follows a 6-month trial of the detection technology last year that nabbed more than 15,000 drivers breaking the rules. 

Those caught using their handset will face a fines of $1,000 along with losing 4 demerit points. 

Distraction contributes to almost a third of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

RACQ's Renee Smith says with 135 people losing their lives so far this year we need to do everything we can to stay safe. 

"We're really supportive of these changes, it's about road safety but stopping this addiction to our mobile phones. Hopefully these fines are going to stop people and mobile phones will be put down," she said.

Smith recommends setting your phone to Do Not Disturb while driving. 

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Amber Lowther

9 July 2021

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