From July 1st, the WA government is set to introduce harsh new penalties for those caught on their phones while behind the wheel.
Anyone caught texting, emailing, using social media, watching videos or accessing the internet while driving will be hit on the spot with the $1,000 fine and 4 demerit points.
The tougher penalties are being implemented after 31 West Aussies died on the roads last year as a result of distracted drivers. Currently, if you get caught you’ll receive a $400 fine. A shocking amount of motorists were slapped with one of these in 2019. Over 12,000 – that’s about 30 a day and $4.8 million in fines!
WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said “We need to change the culture of many drivers. We’ve done it before with drink driving, we’ve done it with seatbelts and speeding. Now we are doing it with mobile phones.”
“If you’re concerned about the penalties, which you should be, just don’t do it.” said Road Safety Council chairman Iain Cameron.
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