Double demerit points to target texting drivers

PursuitMotorists repeatedly caught texting or using their mobile phone while driving will face stiffer penalties under changes announced today.

The penalties are among a range of recommendations arising from last month’s Safer Roads, Safer Queensland forum.

Drivers caught committing repeat mobile phone offences within a year can expect double demerits, similar to those imposed on repeat offenders who don’t wear a seatbelt or a motorcycle helmet, or who exceed the speed limit by more than 20 kilometres.