INCREASED PENALTIES FOR MOBILE PHONE USE

Tougher penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phone illegally are about to come into force in Queensland.

From 1 February 2020 if you are caught illegally using your mobile phone while driving you will receive a $1,000 fine and 4 demerit points.

If you are caught for a second time within a 12 month period, the penalty increases to a $1,000 fine plus 8 demerit points.

Cyclists caught using their mobile phone while riding will also be fined $1,000.

It is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving, even if you are stopped in traffic or at a red light.  This means that you cannot:-

  • Hold the phone next to your ear or at all;
  • Write, send or read a text message;
  • Turn your phone on or off; or
  • Operate any function on your phone, including GPS or music functions.

Learner and P1 provisional drivers under 25 must not use hands-free, wireless handsets or a phone’s loudspeaker function.

Passengers in a car driven by a learner or P1 provisional driver are also banned from using a phone’s loudspeaker function.

 

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