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Fines for using a mobile phone behind the wheel in Victoria set to soar after a 'devastating' year on the state's roads

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 26/01/2020

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Australians caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel are set to receive even bigger fines.

Tough new laws are set to be introduced in Victoria within six months - with fines of up to $1,000 for illegal phone use.

The existing fine for using a phone while driving is $496, with work now underway for a significant increase. 

a car parked on a city street: Tough new laws are set to be introduced in Victoria within six months - with fines of up to $1,000 for illegal phone use (stock image) © Provided by Daily Mail Tough new laws are set to be introduced in Victoria within six months - with fines of up to $1,000 for illegal phone use (stock image)

There's also a push for more speed cameras, and expansion of drug testing and mandatory driver training for the elderly.

Victoria road safety minister Jaala Pulford said 2019 had been a 'devastating year' on the state's roads.

'It only takes one bad decision to cause lifelong consequences for you and others on our roads,' she told the Herald Sun.

Ms Pulford said the government was considering using cameras that were able to detect drivers using their phones. 


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