The state government says around 75 percent of Queensland drivers are using mobile phones while driving, with Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey calling the practice “a great danger”.
From September, a first offence will result in the current $341 fine and three demerit points, whereas a second offence within 12 months will earn drivers the same fine (again) and a further six demerit points.
Provisional licence holders, however, will automatically have their licences suspended after a second mobile phone offence within 12 months.
"This is a great danger to other road users and it has to stop," Mr Bailey said, speaking with the ABC.
"We make no apologies for being tough on people who are using mobile phones in their cars."
The new scheme is essentially an expansion of an existing double-demerits program which targets repeat offences for higher-range speeding, seatbelts, unrestrained children and motorcycle helmets.
The Queensland Government declares its new mobile phone laws ‘part one’ of an eight-point plan, with further safety initiatives to follow.
Riders will also face new licencing conditions, and police will engage in stricter monitoring of unlicensed motorists and unregistered vehicles.
The state government is also planning a new “Queensland Road Safety Week” in August.
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