20 May

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.