Fines for some driving offences in Queensland are set to soar in a bid to crackdown on drivers continuing to break the law.
It comes after it was revealed 47,000 fines have been dished out to motorists since November last year when new mobile phone and seatbelt detection cameras were rolled out across the state.
“In the first four months of our new seatbelt detection cameras going live, almost 14,000 seatbelt offences were recorded,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
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“We’ve been educating drivers on the importance of seatbelts for 50 years, but somehow the message didn’t get through to almost 14,000 people, so it’s time to get tough”.
As a result, the State Government is increasing the fine for not wearing a seatbelt, or wearing it incorrectly, from $413 to a whopping $1078 and four demerit points.
The change will kick in from 1 July this year.
Fines for speeding will also rise by up to $435, while the fine for running a red light will go from $413 to $575 and three demerit points.
“We make no apologies for being tough on this reckless and dangerous behaviour, just like we did for mobile phone offences,” Minister Bailey said.
“Speeding, red-light and seatbelt offending are major contributors to a high level of road trauma.
“The message is simple, if you don’t want one of these fines, do the right thing on our roads.”