Roadside cameras that detect drivers illegally using mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt have started appearing on Queensland roads from the 26 July.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the 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,” Mr Bailey said.

“43 people died and 187 were hospitalised because they were not wearing a seatbelt. 

“These deaths and injuries could have been prevented.”

Mr Bailey said drivers doing the wrong thing need to change their dangerous behaviour before penalties were issued.

“Until 31 October, those caught by the cameras will not be fined,” he said.

“Instead, they will receive a warning letter advising them that they’ve been caught.

“From 1 November all bets are off.

Driving and using a mobile phone

“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.”

Mr Bailey said the cameras were an important tool to make Queensland roads safer for all.

“Already in 2021, more than 150 people have lost their lives on Queensland’s roads,” he said.

“If you are driving a vehicle, leave your phone alone.

“If you don’t, your selfish actions endanger not only your own safety, but others you share the road with.

“Seatbelts became compulsory almost 50 years ago because belting up saves lives, so we will look at options to increase penalties for not wearing a seatbelt so it aligns with distracted driving.

“Every dollar collected through these fines is invested back into making Queensland’s roads safer.”

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