“I was travelling along West Coast Vale and these was a stationary vehicle on the left and SJH9197X was coming to a stop as the vehicle in front of him was making a right turn , I signalled and overtook the stationary vehicle on the left at 43km/h. Just after I overtook the vehicles, SJH9197X decided to change lane without performing proper checks on the blind spot. I reviewed the footage and noticed the driver left hand was using the phone.”
Happened at West Coast Vale on Aug 8, 0911hrs.
Using your phone or any other technological device, such as a tablet, becomes an offence when a driver does all three of the following at the same time:
1. Your vehicle is moving and;
2. The driver is holding a mobile device with one hand and;
3. The driver is using any function of the mobile device, such as
a. making calls,
b. sending or receiving any messages, including photos/videos or documents,
c. pressing the keypad, or
d. accessing the internet.
If you are caught doing any of the above, you will face a penalty. These are the following:
A driver who is convicted for the first time of using a mobile device while driving faces a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. The offender may also lose his or her driving privileges.
A driver convicted for the second or subsequent time faces a maximum fine of $2,000 and a jail sentence of up to 12 months.