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Time to rethink mobile phone penalties?

By 1337Hax0r 1 February 2013 82

I was sitting on the bus this afternoon, staring out the window as usual. On my 20 minute commute I spotted three drivers using their mobile phones, hand held, with no hands free kits. One, in a dark blue RAV 4 on Canberra Ave drifted all over the lane, and almost side swiped a car, which the driver of the Rav 4 clearly did not even notice. Then we got stuck behind a freight van being driven by another driver on the mobile.

Day in, day out, without fail, I see drivers on their mobile phones. Clearly whatever fines people are getting are not a deterrent. I don’t know what the fine is in the ACT, or if it even involves demerit points, but clearly it is not enough. I know it is $298 in NSW.

Consider tradies for example. Many of them seem to be constantly on the mobile phone while driving. They might make thousands of dollars from a phone call, so a fine of even a few hundred dollars now and them is no deterrent.

Perhaps a new approach is needed? Perhaps do the same as what is done with other car fines, for repeat offenders, the phone gets confiscated, and more importantly, the phone number. A tradie or anyone else for that matter making money off of a phone number for their business would be in serious inconvenience if their phone number is disconnected, or diverted to a message saying the number has been suspended until a specific date due to illegal use of the phone while driving. That would be a far more serious deterrent.

So, with this in mind, how do I go about getting it enacted as law? Write to my local member? Or have people had better success with other methods?

What’s Your opinion?


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Kali 1:11 pm 07 Feb 13

On the way to work last week I actually spotted a lady in the car next to me holding a towel against the side window (to block out the sun) with one hand and craning her neck to stay in the shadow it created (possibly a vampire ?) while swerving all over the place….WTF ?

Henry82 11:08 am 07 Feb 13

Innovation said :

That scene in packed to the rafters where that girl died was probably more effective than many of the ads around. We need more graphic ads to get through to these people.

I’m not sure why people should have to be bombarded with graphic images of car accidents when watching tv. Perhaps we could just get some police to actually enforce the current laws. Just sayin’

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