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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
NSW phone monitoring cameras going live this year
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23rd Sep 2019
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NSW phone monitoring cameras going live this year

New South Wales drivers using phones behind the wheel are in the firing line, with the state to permanently roll out its phone-detection cameras. The cameras will go live later this year, after a six-month trial in which 8.5 million vehicles were checked and more than 100,000 people were caught using their smartphones on the move. The cameras are currently deployed on the M4 and Anzac Parade from January 2019, but motorists caught during the trial won't be fined.
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Scott Collie
Driver distraction in the spotlight with new campaign
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13th Nov 2018
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Driver distraction in the spotlight with new campaign

A new advertising campaign aimed at curbing driver distraction will hit screens shortly, with research showing the number of people caught using the phones illegally on the roads has climbed 20 per cent in the last four years. According to research from NRMA Insurance, a whopping 41,809 people were caught using their phones during FY2017/18, up from 35,370 in FY14/15.
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Scott Collie
RACQ calls out “arrogant” motorists on mobile phones: Situation like drink driving 20 years ago
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18th Aug 2015
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RACQ calls out “arrogant” motorists on mobile phones: Situation like drink driving 20 years ago

Enough is enough, Queensland’s peak motoring body the RACQ has declared, calling out the behaviour of mobile phone-using motorists. In a statement released today, the organisation said the problem of motorists using their mobile phones behind the wheel is akin to that of drink driving 20 years ago. “Distracted driving, particularly talking or texting on a mobile, is fast becoming number one in the Fatal Five for killing Queenslanders,” RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said.
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Mike Stevens
Phone-jamming vigilante facing fine
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2nd May 2014
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Phone-jamming vigilante facing fine

Florida man Jason R Humphreys spent about two years on a misguided mission to make the roads safer. Humphreys carried a jammer in his car, sending out strong wide-band emissions that prevented surrounding motorists from using their phones by disabling the signal. Telecommunications provider Metro PCS alerted the US Federal Communications Commission, (FCC) after it noticed its signal was dropping out along the same stretch of highway twice a day – during morning and afternoon peak hour.
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Tegan Lawson