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Australia New roadside cameras catch hundreds of Queensland drivers a day

07:17  05 august  2021
07:17  05 august  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a stove top oven sitting inside of a car: Fines for those caught by the new roadside cameras will begin November 1. (Supplied: Department of Transport and Main Roads) © Provided by ABC NEWS Fines for those caught by the new roadside cameras will begin November 1. (Supplied: Department of Transport and Main Roads)

Hundreds of Queensland drivers have been caught flouting road rules in a day, busted by the state's new high-tech monitoring cameras.

The roadside and portable cameras were switched on last Monday, snapping 366 motorists on their phones and 52 without seatbelts.

Warning notices were issued, but no fines were doled out, with a grace period in place until November 1.

Had fines been issued, the state would have made $400,000 in one day.

The current penalty for using a mobile phone is $1,033 and four demerit points.

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If you're caught not wearing a seatbelt, you lose three demerit points and $413.

The cameras were launched after a six-month trial last year during which time more than 15,000 people were detected on mobile phones and more than 2,200 were found driving without a seatbelt.

Authorities are keeping the locations of the cameras secret.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said people should expect to get caught "anywhere, anytime".

"It is a very disappointing figure, but my hope is that there are now 417 drivers out there who won't make that dangerous decision again," Mr Bailey said.

Of the 165 people killed last year on Queensland's roads, Mr Bailey said "many were preventable".

Driver distraction contributes to almost 20 per cent of serious injuries and 12 per cent of all lives lost on Queensland roads.

Mr Bailey has previously estimated that using a phone while driving had the same impact as driving with a blood alcohol reading of between 0.07 and 0.10.

The law has recently been changed to clarify that it is now illegal for drivers to have their phones in their hands or resting on any part of their body, such as the lap.

Drivers, however, are allowed to use their phone while safely stopped to pay for goods and services, at a drive-through or to get a card or money out of a phone wallet.

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