Mobile phone use is implicated in many collisions. Penalties for using a hand held mobile phone while driving are strongly supported.
New penalties ring bell on mobile users
5 May 2009. The Victorian Government has introduced higher penalties for drivers caught using a hand held mobile phone while driving.
The previous penalty was 3 units. (One penalty unit is $113.42 in the 2008-09 financial year). The new penalty is 10 units or $1,134.
This penalty is appropriate and will act as a disincentive for those tempted to phone or text while driving.
It needs to be supported by frequent enforcement.
The rate for penalty units is indexed annually, so that it is raised in line with inflation. Any change to the value of a penalty unit will happen on 1 July each year.
This is the reference for the change to the Act
STATUTORY RULES 2009
S.R. No. 46/2009
Road Safety Act 1986
Road Safety (General) and Road Safety (Road
Rules) Amendment (Mobile Phones and Seatbelts)