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Half of Australians admit to speeding when driving
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24th May 2021
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Half of Australians admit to speeding when driving

In a survey of 1000 Australian drivers, commissioned by Ford Australia, over 56 per cent of respondents believe drivers have become more erratic on our roads since COVID-19, with one respondent stating, “[it's] like they’ve forgotten how to drive after being at home”. Nationally, 45.5 per cent of Australian drivers admitted to driving over the speed limit with 14 per cent revealing there are other road rules they disobey when behind the wheel.
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Rob Margeit
Australia's Easter road toll cut by more than half amid coronavirus restrictions
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14th Apr 2020
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Australia's Easter road toll cut by more than half amid coronavirus restrictions

Australia's Easter long weekend road toll has fallen in 2020 compared to 2019, as motorists stay home amid coronavirus lockdowns. According to provisional figures, six Australians lost their lives on the nation's roads over the five-day period from Thursday through to Easter Monday, compared with 19 during the same period last year. Six deaths is less than half of the five-year average of 15 deaths, with the lowest Easter road toll in recent years being eight people in 2016.
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Susannah Guthrie
Western Australia introduces $1000 fines for mobile phone use
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12th Feb 2020
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Western Australia introduces $1000 fines for mobile phone use

Western Australia is joining Queensland in implementing steeper fines and harsher penalties for motorists using their mobile phone while driving. From July 1, 2020, an on-the-spot fine of $1000 and four demerit points will apply to the offence of texting, emailing, using social media, watching videos or accessing the internet while driving. The current penalty for driver phone use in WA is a $400 fine and three demerit points.
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Susannah Guthrie
Is it illegal to use an Apple Watch while driving? : The answer from Victoria, NSW, ACT, WA, NT, SA and Tasmanian police forces
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13th Aug 2015
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Is it illegal to use an Apple Watch while driving? : The answer from Victoria, NSW, ACT, WA, NT, SA and Tasmanian police forces

With technology continuously evolving, it's sometimes hard to keep up with laws and the way they adapt to modern technology. Reader Andrea contacted CarAdvice asking whether it is illegal to use an Apple Watch while operating a motor vehicle, similar to the way it would be using a mobile phone while driving. A: Excellent question, Andrea. We have an Apple Watch in the office and have often asked ourselves the same question.
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Paul Maric
High-speed caravan chase abandoned, sleeping man cleared of drink-driving
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25th Nov 2010
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High-speed caravan chase abandoned, sleeping man cleared of drink-driving

South Australian police in Adelaide’s north were forced to abandon a high-speed pursuit of a stolen Holden Commodore that was towing a caravan when the chase became too dangerous. The ABC reports police were forced to call off the early morning chase when the driver of the stolen car began swerving across the road, almost to the point of rolling the caravan.
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Tim Beissmann