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NSW drivers are using their phones while driving without losing demerit points

How drivers are using their phones while driving without losing a single cent or demerit point despite police crackdown

  • At least 41,000 fines were issued last year for drivers who were on their phones
  • Estimated $2million is owed to the authorities from New South Wales motorists 
  • From next month, distracted drivers will lose five demerit points instead of four 

Drivers have been caught using their phone while behind the wheel, but despite a hefty fine – motorists are still taking the risk and some are getting away with it. 

Exceptional or reasonable circumstances, an error on the officer’s part and a decade-long clean driving record are just a handful of ways commuters are being let off for the dangerous act.

Motorists who fall in to these categories get-off unscathed, keep their demerit points in check and don’t have to pay the price, Seven news reported. 

Motorists who fall in to these categories get-off unscathed, keep their demerit points in check and don’t have to pay the price 

In 2014 alone, more than 30,000 fines were issued in New South Wales but the track-record is only worsening for the state.

Last year, 41,000 people were issued with a $337 fine and each driver lost four demerit points.

Next month the stakes will only increase for reckless drivers, who face losing five points if caught.

Next month the stakes will only increase for reckless drivers, who face losing five points if caught 

Next month the stakes will only increase for reckless drivers, who face losing five points if caught 

‘It’s actually about sending a very strong signal, whether you’re rich or poor that you can still lose your licence if you do the wrong thing,’ Roads Minister, Melinda Pavey told Seven News. 

More than 6,000 fines are outstanding in NSW – an estimated amount of $2million for authorities to chase up.  

The NRMA said drivers who use their phone while driving are the number one road safety issue.

‘There’s no excuse the penalties are quite harsh, you can get pulled over at anytime,’ senior advisor, Dimitra Vlahomitros said.   

The NRMA said drivers who use their phone while driving are the number one road safety issue

The NRMA said drivers who use their phone while driving are the number one road safety issue

 

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