If caught breaking the strict rule, New South Wales drivers can be ordered to pay $377 and fined five demerit points, motorists in Victoria can lose four demerit points and a $484 fine, while up in Queensland drivers can now cop a $1000 fine and lose four demerit points. And if a Queensland driver gets caught with their mobile phone more than once, repeat offenders will lose double demerit points - which means a $1000 fine and 8 demerit points gone.
Meanwhile, ACT drivers lose $447 and four demerit points, WA motorists can be fined $400 and three demerit points, while it’s a $300 and three demerit points penalty in Tasmania and three demerit points and a $250 fine the Northern Territory.
The strict law states that the only instance in which phones can be used is if they are being operated without being touched or it they are secured in a phone holder fixed to the car and not obscuring vision of the road.
And while it’s known that drivers can’t look at their phones even when they’re in heavy traffic or at a red light, it’s applicable to drive-thru lines as well - even if they have to access their phone to pay or to show a cashier.
Good to know!