Phones in cars — NSW has got your number

By Riverine Herald

DRUG drivers and motorists who illegally use their mobile phones are being targeted as part of the NSW Government’s road safety reforms

State Member for Murray Austin Evans said the reforms would help to achieve the NSW Government’s road safety goals.

The reforms include tougher penalties for drivers under the influence of drugs, adding cocaine to the mobile drug testing regime and enforcement of camera detected mobile phone use offences.

“NSW is the first in Australia to enable automated camera enforcement of mobile phones, showing this Government’s ongoing commitment to road safety as technology and societal trends change,” Mr Evans said.

Last year 74 people died with an illicit drug present in their system. And from 2012 to 2017, 184 crashes involved illegal mobile phone use, which resulted in seven deaths and 105 injuries.

“Driving with drugs has emerged as a significant factor in our road toll, along with alcohol, speeding, fatigue and mobile phone distraction,” Mr Evans said.

“It’s worth remembering at 60km/h a car travels 33m in two seconds. Even taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds to look at your mobile phone, leaves you virtually blind.”

The reforms come into effect from July 1.