Put your phone down – Or pay the price

Modern technology has allowed us to communicate with people all over the globe, but it has also meant that many drivers are distracted by their phones while they are on the roads. The Australian states have tried to crack down hard upon people who are using their phones and, if you don’t desist, then you may need to reach out to Central Coast lawyers.

Ryan & Seton Lawyers explain why.

Rules in New South Wales

Last September in traffic law, the NSW Roads Minister introduced new legislation designed specifically to target people who won’t stop using their phones while driving. The legislation was enacted and, from 1 December 2019, NSW motorists became the first in the world to be monitored by traffic cameras for illegal mobile phone use.

Infringement notices are sent to offenders, with a $344 fine and 5 demerit points. Nearby Queensland drivers are being charged $1,000 starting in February 2020, so we can probably expect the fine in NSW to increase.

Caught on camera

The NSW Government has turned to modern technology to help them capture phone users, including rolling out a number of cameras across the state. These cameras will look down through the windscreen, while also capturing the registration number of the driver.

In a six-month trial earlier in 2019, more than 100,000 drivers were photographed illegally handling their phones while at the wheel. That represented a 1.8 percent non-compliance rate of the total 8.5 million drivers photographed.

The Government aims to dramatically raise its surveillance level to 135 million drivers per year by 2022/23. It estimates that 45 cameras will be needed across NSW to achieve this.

Keeping your hands free

The cameras rely on AI to look for drivers who are holding phones in their hands as they pass. So, unless you want to consult with Ryan & Seton Lawyers about your fine, you will need to use technology that will allow you to communicate without touching the phone.

Some phones use voice-controls that let you answer without touching the phone, for example.

Take legal advice

If you think that you would like to know more about this new legislation and camera detection systems, then you should talk to Ryan & Seton Lawyers.

We can help you understand how these new laws apply to you, before you need to consult with our Central Coast lawyers to avoid fines. You should send an online enquiry today, or call us on 02 4397 1500 now.

For more information on our services, read our previous blog post on parenting matters.

The above is not intended as legal advice. You should obtain legal advice in relation to your own specific circumstances.

Article by Timothy Bowring

Timothy Bowring Solicitor 



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