On the first day that high-tech mobile detection cameras were turned on across Queensland, hundreds of drivers were caught using their phones behind the wheel. 366 drivers were photographed on Monday with their cellphones in their hands or on their laps, and another 51 drivers were penalized for not wearing their seatbelts, which are leading causes of road accidents.
The drivers have not been penalized and have merely received warning letters during the grace period, which runs until October 31.
The report comes after a trial of the cameras from July to December 2020 detected over 15,000 drivers talking on their phones and 2200 driving without wearing their seatbelts. In Queensland, just 6125 violation notices for mobile phone offences were issued during the course of the year.
In Queensland, using a cellphone while driving is punishable by a fine of $1033 and four demerit points, while not wearing a seatbelt is punishable by a fine of $413 and three demerit points.
The state would have collected around $400,000.00 if fines had been issued on Monday.
The results were “disappointing,” according to Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who According to Transport Minister Mark Bailey, the results were “disappointing,” who expressed hope that drivers who broke the rules would eventually realise that and change.
“Research shows that driving while distracted by a phone is equal to driving while intoxicated, and it needs to stop,” he said. “It’s a behaviour that kills and injures people, and there’s no justification for it.” “Now is the moment for all Queensland drivers to buckle up and put their phones away and change their poor driving habits.”
The portable units are placed on a tall pole on a small trailer and may be parked on the side of the road in various locations across the state, including urban, suburban, and rural areas.
However, the location of the cameras has not been revealed by the authorities.