Australia New roadside cameras catch hundreds of Queensland drivers a day
Parents of teen driver in crash that killed four people and himself make plea to young drivers
Five young people died when Jordan Hayes-McGuinness drove under the influence of alcohol and cannabis in 2012, now Jordan's parents are fighting to change Australia's youth driving culture.The moment the 18-year-old and his five passengers crashed into a parked car on Gold Coast's M1 would forever change the lives of at least five families.
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.
Regions, western Sydney cop jump in fines
People in regional NSW and western Sydney electorates are paying the highest price for the increase in fines for low-range speeding in 2021, data suggests.Revenue from speed cameras has jumped massively following a NSW government decision to remove warning signs for mobile speed cameras in November 2020, Revenue NSW figures show.
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.
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.
Queensland police crackdown on motorists going to extreme lengths to avoid wearing seatbelts .
A growing number of Queensland motorists are going to extreme lengths to avoid wearing a seatbelt designed to save their life, in what authorities describe as "lunacy" that "defies logic".Police said evidence from fatal crashes show people have locked seatbelt tongues into their seatbelt buckles to stop the warning alarms in their cars.