Daily Bulletin


Daily Magazine

  • Written by Samantha Ball



A quarter of all vehicle accidents in Australia involve the use of a mobile phone. In a report from NRMA Insurance, 21 per cent of respondents admitted to near-miss crashes while using their mobiles. Young drivers are most at risk for mobile phone-related crashes, but that does not mean other age groups are immune to the dangers.

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle in NSW and other parts of Australia. Laws and penalties vary, so it is recommended to double-check the laws in your area.

Drivers who fail to follow the laws are held to task. In NSW, the penalty for offending drivers is a $344 fine and five demerit points. The fine is increased to $457 in school zones. During double demerit periods, drivers could receive 10 demerits against their licences.

Mobile Detection Cameras Now Law

NSW hopes to decrease the number of roadway fatalities by a third over the next two years with the use of cameras detecting phone use. Mobile phone detection cameras went online 1 March 2020 and made use of artificial intelligence to target drivers illegally using mobile phones. The cameras are mounted in fixed positions and frequently-moved trailers in 45 locations across NSW. They are capable of operating during daylight and overnight hours and in a variety of weather conditions.

The cameras are located in black, rectangular boxes with two black, forward-facing cameras on either side. When the AI technology detects an offence, it captures a photo of the front seat area and sent to a human reviewer for verification.

The successful piloting of the cameras between January and June 2019 identified 100,000 drivers illegally operating mobile phones in their vehicles. During the first three months of the statewide rollout, 3,303 drivers were caught violating the law.

Illegal and Legal Use of Mobile Phones in Vehicles

Legal use of mobile phones in cars is limited to three instances:

  • Making and receiving audio-only calls

  • Playing audio

  • As a driver’s aid, such as for navigation purposes

Fully licenced drivers must secure their mobile phones in a commercially-manufactured and designed mounting affixed to the vehicle. The mounting device and phone mustn’t obscure the driver’s view. It is also permissible to use hands-free technology to make and receive calls.

When driving, never use your mobile phone to:

  • Send or receive text messages

  • Send or receive video messages

  • Send or receive emails

  • Access social media

  • Take photos

There are additional guidelines for fully licenced and learner and restricted licenced drivers, so it is advisable to review the rules for each classification.

Using mobile phones while stopped at lights, intersections, in traffic, or by the police remains illegal. Digital driver's licence holders should take caution not to access their licence from their phone unless and until a police officer requests them to do so.

The government continues to address a few grey areas in the legislation, particularly in the way people interact with technology, to avoid unnecessary fines.

Writers Wanted

How a university can embed Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum and why it matters

arrow_forward

Do criminals freely decide to commit offences? How the courts decide

arrow_forward

6 Tips to Increase the Resale Value of Your Car

arrow_forward

The Conversation
INTERWEBS DIGITAL AGENCY

Politics

Prime Minister Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

KIERAN GILBERT: Kieran Gilbert here with you and the Prime Minister joins me. Prime Minister, thanks so much for your time.  PRIME MINISTER: G'day Kieran.  GILBERT: An assumption a vaccine is ...

Daily Bulletin - avatar Daily Bulletin

Did BLM Really Change the US Police Work?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has proven that the power of the state rests in the hands of the people it governs. Following the death of 46-year-old black American George Floyd in a case of ...

a Guest Writer - avatar a Guest Writer

Scott Morrison: the right man at the right time

Australia is not at war with another nation or ideology in August 2020 but the nation is in conflict. There are serious threats from China and there are many challenges flowing from the pandemic tha...

Greg Rogers - avatar Greg Rogers

Business News

How to Find A company with Tijuana manufacturing

If you have decided to launch a business in Tijuana, there is a need to know about the manufacturing companies. The decision to choose a manufacturing company is not so easy as it looks.   The rig...

News Company - avatar News Company

Tradies are actually getting on well. ServiceSeeking's data surprises

Across the Top 20 Industry Categories for Household Trades and Home Improvement  3 Industries are showing massive growth in jobs listed: Rubbish Removal, Carpet Cleaning, and Door Installation 4...

Jeremy Levitt - avatar Jeremy Levitt

Why Use Spill Containment Pallets

Oils, liquids and chemical leaks as well as spills are risky. If your business involves moving, receiving, and storing drums containing oils or chemicals, there’s a high risk of accidents and in...

News Company - avatar News Company



News Co Media Group

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion