WA drivers to face $1000 fine for using phone behind the wheel

Joanna Estrada
February 14, 2020

An aggravated offence will apply for using drivers caught texting, emailing, social media, watching videos or accessing the internet.

Western Australia is joining Queensland in implementing steeper fines and harsher penalties for motorists using their mobile phone while driving.

The WA Government has announced tough new, two-tiered penalties for drivers caught using mobile phones illegally on WA roads.

Motorists who use their mobiles when stopped at the traffic lights, or talk on the phone while holding the handset could be fined $500 dollars and handed three demerit points.

But the penalties in those states are not as harsh, with the $1,000 fines in WA and Queensland almost double the next highest among Australian states and territories.

"Last year saw a 48 per cent increase in the number of people killed in inattention-related crashes on WA roads compared to the previous five-year average", Cameron said.

"It's total unnecessary loss of life".

For more information, visit the Queensland Government website.

Queensland authorities say they are also in the process of installing portable cameras that can detect drivers using their mobile phones.

"Whilst driving, you can only touch a mobile phone to receive and terminate a phone call if the phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle".

Snr Constable Walters said Emerald Police would continue to target drivers using their phones.

These fines are up from the current fine of $400 for phone use while driving.

Tasmanian drivers will be hit with a $336 fine and three demerit points.

The WA crackdown follows similar penalties taking effect in Queensland on February 1 this year, with Queensland Police issuing $1000 fines to 218 drivers in less than a week.

Drivers are warned that fines and demerit points are increased if caught using mobile phones while behind the wheel in a school zone.

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