How to spot the different types of mobile phone cameras in Australia that penalize drivers with fines: ‘No one knows what these are’
- Social media user shows the two types of mobile detection cameras
- Hady Saleh said his friends never knew what they were until he told them
- Fines for drivers caught using their phones range from $362 to $1,072
Mobile phone detection cameras have become commonplace in Australia to prevent people from driving with their device, but many people don’t even know what to look out for.
The NSW Government was the first jurisdiction in the world to roll out mobile detection cameras in early 2020.
Since then the cameras have been permanently added in NSW and Queensland and are being tested for use in Victoria, the ACT and South Australia.
Hady Saleh posted a video on TikTok explaining what the different types of cell phone cameras look like around the country.
Mr. Saleh said his friends didn’t know what they were or what to look out for, so he felt he should inform everyone.
Aussie TikToker Hady Saleh (pictured) showed drivers what each mobile phone detection camera looks like after saying people don’t know what they look like: ‘No one knows what these are’
The phone detection cameras capture drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel (pictured)
“Every time one of my buddies drives past here, they don’t know what it is,” said Mr. Saleh, pointing to one of the big yellow cameras.
“I tell them, brother, put your phone away, it’s a phone camera.
“If you’re driving on a highway and see these black boxes, that’s a phone camera, too.”
The black boxes he was referring to were used on high-speed highways and sat atop street signs.
They were rectangular black boxes with cameras on either side.
In NSW, the fine for using your phone while driving is a fine of $362 and five demerits, while in Queensland it is a more severe fine of $1,078 and four demerits
The mobile phone cameras found in NSW have led to many fines, including this one in northern Sydney
The other type of camera found across Australia is large and yellow, but despite this, they are often difficult to spot as they almost resemble a road works trailer or are mounted in gantries.
The yellow camera is a trailer-mounted camera that can be moved to any hot spot and was introduced shortly after its black counterpart.
The video has been viewed by more than 250,000 people and online users thanked Mr. Saleh for the information.
There are several mobile phone detection cameras in Australia, including this one located south of Brisbane, Queensland
“Damn I never knew this, thanks man,” one person commented.
“Aren’t those lights for road works,” said another shocked user.
“Omg I didn’t know that,” said a third.
In NSW, the fine for using your phone while driving is a $362 fine and five demerits, while in Queensland it’s a more severe fine of $1,078 and four demerits.
The location of the cameras, and how many there are across the country, is not being released by any state government.
FINES FOR USING A MOBILE PHONE WHILE DRIVING THROUGH AUSTRALIA
Victoria – Four demerits and a $555 fine
NSW – Five demerits and a $362 fine
Queensland – Five demerits and a $1,078 fine
ACT – Three to four demerits and a $498 to $612 fine
Western Australia – Four demerits and $1000 fine
Northern Territory – Three demerits and a $500 fine
Tasmania – Three demerits and a $344 fine
South Australia – Three demerits and a $352 fine