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When can I use my mobile phone in the car?

"Grab some bread and milk on the way home"

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These simple texts while driving are not only illegal but its dangerous.

It could end up costing your life or someone else's life. 

Yet, thousands of drivers still continue to pick up their phones' to text, check a Facebook status, # tweets, and emails or to simply talk on the phone whilst driving.

SETTING IT STRAIGHT

  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving
  • Merely holding the phone to, or near your ear is an offence
  • $353 fine and three demerit points

The fact that the use of mobile phones while driving is an offence in Queensland and those caught face a $353 fine and three demerit points. It is also considered a life-endangering offence and no warning should be issued. It does not seem to sway a motorist from using their phone.

Last year more than 300 drivers have been issued traffic infringement notices for using a mobile phone while driving in the Greater Gladstone area.

I have seen it all and heard it all and I cannot stress enough, taking your eyes of the road whilst using your phone can have deadly and dangerous consequences.

I often get asked when I can use a mobile phone while in the car. I prefer to say never as it is distraction. While that would be the simple answer with the law and mobile phones. Breaking it down, the answer is Queensland drivers must not use a mobile phone while the vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked legally.

That includes holding the phone to or near the ear, phone calls, writing, sending or reading text messages, looking at a Facebook status or re-tweeting a favourite comment.

If you listen to music on your phone and are changing songs whilst you are holding you phone is an offence. Even if you only have the phone in your hand and your eyes are off the road a few seconds. It is still an offence.

Answering the phone when your boss calls will cost you. It may be upset you answer him straight away but its' your license you are putting in jeopardy. It's simpler to just to pull over and park.

If you are driving and you use your Google maps while holding your phone, you commit the offence. If you reply to texts or emails while stationary in traffic, you commit the offence.

Police are savvy to drivers who are constantly looking down into their lap to hide the fact that they are reading or responding to a text. Police know you are using your phone. They will catch you and issue a traffic infringement notice. 

"In basic terms, if you are driving a car while holding and using your phone for any reason, you commit the offence."

Don't be fooled into believing that schools and shopping center-car parks are out of reach for police, they are also classified as roads.  

I suggest you put your phone well out of reach to avoid temptation.

*This was written by Senior Constable Mark Streek

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