The $ 1,000 call: drivers being hit with record fines for using their cell phones behind the wheel
- Drivers who have been caught using their phone while driving may be fined $ 1000
- Reform comes after more than 40 people have died on QLD roads in two months
- The fine is currently $ 400 for anyone who is caught using their phone while driving
- Queensland government looking for new punishment for Christmas
The fine for using mobile phones behind the wheel will increase in an attempt to prevent drivers from using them once and for all.
Drivers who were caught driving their device could pay a whopping $ 1000 on the spot on the roads of Queensland.
State Secretary Mark Bailey insists on the hefty fine after more than 40 deaths on the roads of Queensland in the two-month period.
Drivers who are caught using their phone while driving can receive a $ 1000 fine on the roads of Queensland (stock)
The fine is currently $ 400 for anyone caught using their cell phone behind the wheel.
The minister is also considering suspending permits for those caught for the second time.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk supports the increase and says that something must be done to tackle the problem.
"Too many Queenslanders continue to die needlessly on our roads from meaningless distractions," she said The Courier Mail.
& # 39; If you look at your phone while driving or send a quick text behind the wheel, it is something most drivers probably love. & # 39;
The government is also looking at the technology currently being tested in NSW, where cameras capture drivers of their phones.
The fine is currently $ 400 for anyone caught using their cell phone behind the wheel (stock)
Mr Bailey said there is evidence of these persistent actions and reforms, drastically reducing the path that was laid down in the 1970s.
& # 39; While some complained at the time, these reforms have saved thousands of lives, with a fall in the toll from 638 in 1973 to 245 last year & # 39 ;, he told the publication.
The $ 1000 fine is triple the $ 337 fine, and more than double the $ 484 fine in Victoria.
Motorists caught using their telephones in the Northern Terriroty receive a $ 250 fine, while in the ACT the fine is $ 557.
The government plans to introduce the new penalty for the Christmas period, with fatal road accidents increasing.
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