Queensland Government targeting texting drivers
Motorists repeatedly caught texting or using their mobile phone while driving will face stiffer penalties under changes being rolled out by the Queensland Government this month.
Queensland drivers caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel twice or more during in a year will soon face a double demerit point penalty. This could mean massive fines and even a loss of your licence, particularly if you are a P plate driver.
The new laws come after the worst Easter road toll in Queensland in more than 20 years.
"We make no apologies for being tough on people who are using mobile phones in their car and we want to eliminate that as a behaviour," Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
What is the current penatly for using a mobile phone whilst driving?
The current penalty in Queensland for illegally using a mobile phone while driving is $341 and three demerit points.
What about hands free?
The only time a mobile may be used legally whilst driving is if you have a certified hands free device or Bluetooth system. As long as you are not a learner drive, a P plate driver or a probationary licence holder under the age of 25.
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