Sunshine Coast Police are disappointed to report that several drivers on the Sunshine Coast have already been issued $1,000 fines and lost four demerit points under the new legislation related to using a mobile phone while driving.
As of November 29, Parliament passed legislation amending the penalty relating to the use of mobile phones whilst driving or riding.
This penalty also applies to riding a bicycle and even a horse.
As of February 1, the penalty has increased to $1,000 and the loss of four demerit points.
Please note, double demerit points will still apply for a second or subsequent mobile phone offence committed within 12 months.
Using a mobile phone is a major distraction and significantly reduces your reaction time and attention to the road and other road users.
Sunshine Coast Police encourage you to turn off your phone, activate ‘Do not Disturb’, place it in the back seat, glove box or anywhere that is out of reach whilst you are driving/riding.
P Plate drivers, be aware! If you lose four demerit points or more, you will receive a licence sanction notice from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
You may have your licensed suspended or be placed on a good behaviour driving period of one year.
For more information regarding the use of mobile phones, visit the TMR website here.