New cameras rolled out to bust drivers on mobile phones

RACQ has warned Queensland motorists using their mobile phones or failing to wear a seatbelt could be caught on camera, with the new detection technology to be rolled out this week.

The State Government announced today new cameras would be rolled out across Queensland, as part of a trial which would be reviewed at the end of the year and considered to be made permanent.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Club supported the trial with driver distraction the fastest growing problem on Queensland roads. 

“Mobile phone detection cameras give police greater ability to catch those doing the wrong thing, risking their lives and everyone else on the road by using their mobile phones,” Mr Turner said.

“These cameras will take a photo when a driver has an object in their hand while on the road, this will then be verified by two police officers. 

“The cameras will also catch people not wearing a seatbelt. It’s ridiculous people are still refusing to buckle up.”

Mr Turner said it was frustrating education about the dangers of using a phone while driving had not worked and tougher enforcement was now needed.

“We have to wake up to ourselves and understand driver distraction is as dangerous as drink driving,” he said. 

“If you don’t want to get caught, it’s simple, set your phone to ‘do not disturb’ and leave it alone while driving.”