Mobile Phone Safety

April 22, 2020 1:40 am Published by

It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving, even if you are stopped in traffic.

It is illegal to:

  • use a hand-held mobile phone, placed next to or near your ear.
  • write, send, or read a text message from your phone whilst driving.
  • turn your mobile phone on or off whilst driving.
  • operate any function on your mobile phone whilst driving.

Open licence holders and P2 provisional licence holders can install a hands-free kit, enabling them to drive and talk on their phone legally.

PENALTIES FOR USING A MOBILE PHONE ILLEGALLY

$1,000 fine and 4 demerit points

Double demerit points apply for second and subsequent mobile phone offences committed within one year after an earlier offence.

RESTRICTIONS FOR LEARNER DRIVERS AND P1 PROVISIONAL DRIVERS

Learner drivers and P1 provisional drivers are not allowed to use:

  • hands-free kits
  • wireless handsets
  • loudspeaker functions

Turn your mobile phone OFF prior to getting into the car, and keep it off.

A mobile phone can be used if you are legally parked and intend to stay there.

Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is illegal, including when stopping at traffic lights, when making and receiving calls, or when texting.

Remember to concentrate on driving safely at all times.

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This post was written by Hervey Bay Driving School