Those caught on their phone will soon face massive fines, under changes announced by the state government.
The penalty for a motorist caught using their phone behind the wheel will be increased from $391 to $1000.
While anyone busted twice within a year could risk losing their licence.
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The changes are due to come into effect from February 1, in a move that’s been welcomed by the state’s peak motoring body.
RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding says driver distraction is one of the deadliest epidemics on our roads .
“From this weekend New South Wales will begin using the camera detection of drivers using mobile phones at 45 different sites.
“The higher fines announced today will only work if people think there’s a good chance they’ll get caught, so that means we need effective enforcement, such as more police on the roads and the trialling of camera technologies in Queensland.
“We always call for strong education and enforcement in the first instance, but the behaviour of too many motorists hasn’t changed, so this harsher penalty is warranted.
“The changes also mean P-platers will lose their licence on the first offence, and open licence holders will lose it on the second offence,” Mr Spalding said.
Mr Spalding believes that education drivers about the huge risks is also a part of the solution.
“In July this year, we launched the ‘Set your phone, then leave it alone’ campaign to encourage motorists to change their behaviour.
“We want people to switch their phones to Do Not Disturb every time they get in their car.
“When you’re looking at your phone, you’re not looking at where you’re going or thinking about driving.
“You probably don’t even have your hands on the steering wheel.
“It’s simple, using your phone behind the wheel means you’re putting yourself and others in danger and it’s simply selfish,” Mr Spalding said.