DEMERIT: Penalties for driving and using a phone will increase next month.
DEMERIT: Penalties for driving and using a phone will increase next month.

New mobile phone fines for drivers

NEW fines are set to apply to Queensland drivers using their phones at the wheel.

As of February 1, using a handheld mobile phone while driving will have increased penalties. Drivers will receive a $1000 fine and 4 demerit points.

This is a dramatic increase from the previous penalties of a $400 fine and 3 demerit points.

Research indicates that using a mobile phone while driving can be as risky as drink driving.

A driver's response time while texting can be the equivalent of a driver having a blood alcohol reading between .07 and .10.

For further information about the changes to the penalties as well as practical tips and advice, visit this website.


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