Using Mobile Phone While Driving
Date Posted:8 January 2020
Many people nowadays are too busy with the modern technology and let’s face it, a lot of motorists use their mobile phones while driving. It could be calling, texting, taking selfies or checking your social media account. Rules and regulations are broken or ignored far too often and when they get caught, they pay the fine and go back to what they have been doing behind the wheel.
The Queensland State Government have now introduced a $1000 on-the-spot fine and 3 demerit points for those caught on their phones behind the wheel. Repeat offenders could now lose their license. The new laws come into effect on February 1, 2020. New South Wales have introduced a device to detect mobile phone usage this December and Queensland is set to try this device too.
While the fines are getting costly, we also need to realize that this deadly habit needs to stop. Just this year, a new road safety campaign has been set to change the behavior of motorists when it comes to mobile phones. If you want to play music while on the road, make sure to set your playlist before starting your journey. If you are expecting a call or a text or don’t want to be disturbed in any way while driving, you can utilize the ‘Do Not Disturb’ function on your phone. Here’s how:
1. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb.
2. Tap Activate under Do Not Disturb While Driving.
3. Tap Automatically. Do Not Disturb While Driving will be activated automatically based on the detection of motion.
Remember, the road is no place to socialize. The text or call can wait, so focus on the road ahead.