Drivers in Victoria should be aware that tough new laws will soon come into place which will result in people talking on their mobile phones while driving receiving hefty fines.
We all know how dangerous driving and talking without a hands-free or Bluetooth is, yet some drivers continue to engage in this practice, these drivers may be fined as much as $433.
In addition to the monetary fine, drivers will also receive 4 demerit points rather than 3 points as it was previously.
According to Terry Mulder, Transport Minister the increased penalties are one of the key initiatives in Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy and Victoria’s Safety Action.
The aim authorities say is to make talking on mobiles while driving as taboo as drink driving. And it isn’t just talking on the mobile handset that is so dangerous, even people texting, instant messaging, emailing, looking through photos and all the other tasks that can be done with a mobile phone will be fined and may have 4 points taken off their licence.
According to Mulder, these people need to realise that what they are doing is as dangerous as drink driving.