July 26, 2021
Roadside cameras that detect drivers illegally using mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt will start appearing on Queensland roads from Monday.
From July 26, it will be illegal for drivers to hold a mobile phone in their hands – or have them resting on any part of their body, including their lap – when driving.
This applies even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic.
And importantly, the phone does not need to be turned on or in use for it to be an offence.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the new fixed and portable cameras would operate on urban and regional roads.
“Our message has been direct and simple: just put your phone away,” Mr Bailey said.
“In 2020, 23 people lost their lives and 1475 were hospitalised because of distracted driving; 43 people died and 187 were hospitalised because they were not wearing a seatbelt,” Mr Bailey said.
“These deaths and injuries could have been prevented.”
Mr Bailey reminded drivers that seatbelts became compulsory almost 50 years ago.
The rollout of the cameras will include a warning period for drivers caught doing the wrong thing.
“Until October 31, those caught by the cameras will not be fined,” Mr Bailey said.
“Instead, they will receive a warning letter advising them that they’ve been caught.
“From November 1, all bets are off.
“Drivers caught on camera will receive a $1033 fine and four demerit points for mobile phone offences and a $413 fine and three demerit points for each vehicle occupant detected not wearing a seatbelt.
“Every dollar collected through these fines is invested back into making Queensland’s roads safer.”