News

Police nab drivers on the phone in roads blitz

Police have conducted a one day blitz on mobile phone use on the drivers.
Police have conducted a one day blitz on mobile phone use on the drivers.

POLICE have caught nearly 700 motorists illegally using handheld mobile phones, and nearly 400 motorists speeding in school zones, in a 24-hour crackdown on traffic offences.

On Wednesday, officers across the state conducted Operation Compliance 1 - a day-long, state-wide, traffic enforcement operation aimed at getting dangerous drivers off NSW roads.

Police targeted motorists using mobile phones, speeding in school zones and not stopping at children's crossings during the operation.

A total of 1158 motorists were caught committing driving offences, more than half of them for illegal mobile phone use.

Key results from the operation were:
• 688 motorists caught using handheld mobile devices while driving;
• 391 motorists booked for speeding in school zones;
• 79 motorists booked for failing to stop at children's crossings.

Operations Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said police continue to be frustrated by the small percentage of motorists who continue to risk their own lives, and the lives of others, by using a handheld phone while driving.

"Using a mobile handset while in control of a vehicle is not only illegal, it is highly irresponsible and very dangerous," Supt Smith said.

Laws regarding in-vehicle mobile phone use

Laws regarding in-vehicle mobile phone were amended on November 1 last year.

The new laws make it clear that motorists can only use a mobile phone while driving if the phone:

  • Is secured in a mounting fixed to the vehicle, or;
  • Can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone - for example, through the use of Bluetooth technology.

Provided the phone is mounted in a commercially-designed and manufactured cradle, fully licensed drivers can press buttons on the phone for the purpose of:

  • Making a call;
  • Playing music, or;
  • Using GPS.

Texting remains illegal while the phone is mounted in a cradle. . 

Topics:  mobile phones, nsw police



Online backlash after Border Force story

Online networking on facebook.Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

A FAR-right extremist group bombarded The Advocate's Facebook

He bashed a squatter to death, now he will stay in jail

Police at the scene where Dennis Burns was bashed to death in Coffs Harbour.

James Kevin Moore has lost an appeal to have his sentence overturned

Coffs Harbour pre-polling open

ELECTION: Local government elections are ramping up as pre-polling opens statewide.

About 9080 people are projected to vote early on the Coffs Coast.

Latest deals and offers

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m