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New laws: $1000 fine for looking at your phone while driving

From 1 September 2020, Western Australian drivers, motorcyclists and bike riders will face $1000 on-the-spot fines under tough new penalties for mobile phone use.

Anyone caught texting, emailing, using social media, watching videos or accessing the internet or mobile phone app while in control of a vehicle can face a $1000 fine and four demerit points.

Drivers or riders holding a phone during a voice call face fines of $500 and three demerit points.

In Western Australia, you can legally touch your mobile phone while driving or riding to answer or end a voice call, but the phone must be in a mounting secured to the vehicle.

The tougher infringements also apply to cyclists.

“In 2019, 31 people were killed on WA roads as a result of inattention, which includes mobile phone use,” said Road Safety Commissioner Adrian Warner.

“The inconvenience of having to pay a fine if you are caught doing the wrong thing is nothing compared to the potential devastation and personal tragedy of killing or seriously injuring someone because you weren’t concentrating on driving,” he said.

Full information about the new laws available here.

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