That’s what 25 Cairns/Innisvale drivers have done this year. Just Pick up your mobile phone whilst driving in Queensland and you could be FINED $1000.00 plus 4 Demerit point.
The current reported HOT SPOT are school zones with an average of 2 drivers fined per day. That’s double last years total.
How do you avoid the fine?
The cheapest and most reliable option is to JUST TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE WHILST IN THE CAR. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!
If you are concerned about missed calls, why not record a personalised message eg “Sorry I am currently driving and will return your call as soon as it is safe. Thank you for your patience.”
Using your incar Bluetooth handsfree. Make sure it is connected to your phone and you know how to use it. If the technology is overwhelming, find a friend who help you.
If you missed the technology upgrade? Aftermarket handsfree kits can be installed in most cars and some offer a host of extras eg Music streaming, reversing camera, GPS and MORE…..
Portable handsfree units These units can be moved from car to car but need to be charged. Not a bad option but not as good at the professionally install units. Prices generally range from $150.00 to $300 AUD. Price reflects the quality so don’t buy cheap!
Corded/Cordless Headset are a legal option. If you are going to use your in ear bud headset make sure you take the time to set it up at the beginning of your journey. Don’t forget SIRI or BIXBY could help you manage your calls and help keep your eyes on the road. ’’Make sure you don’t block both ears as you must be able to hear emergency vehicles.
If you are in the car with a “L” or “P” Plater make sure. DRIVER and ALL PASSANGERS have their mobile phones TURNED OFF.
Beware of Take Away Drive through ! If you need to pick up your mobile phone make sure:
Just because you can’t see the police.. it doesn’t mean they can’t see you. Unmarked cars , Bikes, Motor Bikes, on foot, and SOON cameras at intersections PLUS Police BLITZ coming to an area near you. BE PREPARED AND DRIVE SAFELY.
Push bikes are also covered by the same laws with the SAME PENALTIES.