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Old 28-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Police to increase motorists fines

Victorian drivers who reach for their mobile phones face a $433 fine and the loss of four demerit points under tough new laws which come into effect on Monday.

Young drivers also face stricter laws, with the ban on learner and first year licence holders using handheld or hands free mobile phones now extending to include motorists in the second, third and fourth years of their probationary licence.

There will also be tougher penalties across the board for using visual display units including MP3 players, tablets, DVDs and laptops, which will attract the same penalties as using a mobile phone

All drivers
Tougher penalties for illegal use of mobile phones and other technologies.

From 25 November 2013: All drivers face tougher penalties for illegal use of a mobile phone or interacting with other units that have visual displays while driving (eg. DVD players or tablet computers) that are not driver's aids.
The penalties are:
• 4 demerit points
• $433 fine

The law It is illegal in all Australian states and territories to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This includes:
• Talking
• Texting
• Playing games
• Taking photos/video
• Using any other function on your phone. (EVEN VOICE RECOGNITION)

Using a hand-held mobile phone is also illegal when your vehicle is stationary but not parked e.g. when you’re stopped at traffic lights.
Drivers who break this law in Victoria face an on-the-spot fine and incur four demerit points

Read more about these laws here.
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