Using a hand held mobile phone while driving is illegal – even when stopped at traffic lights or waiting in traffic. You need to be alert and fully attentive when driving – to keep yourself safe as well as those around you.
From 1 September 2015 new laws have been introduced in Queensland.
For motorists caught using their mobile phone while driving – THE FIRST TIME – the penalty remains at 3 demerit points and a $353 fine.
For motorists caught using their mobile phone while driving – TWICE IN ONE YEAR – the penalty is doubled to 6 demerit points plus the fine.
According to the RACQ – ‘distracted driving (eg. talking or texting on a mobile phone) is fast becoming ‘number one’ in the FATAL FIVE for killing Queenslanders’
Mums and dads play a crucial role in assisting a learner to drive safely. We ask that you set a good example when driving and supervising – and stress the importance of compliance.
So remember – you can be fined if the phone is in your hand and being used for any reason at all while you are driving.