NSW Drivers Fined More Than $60m For Mobile Phone Offences
The use of mobile detection cameras to catch drivers using their mobile phones while behind the wheel has resulted in record fines skyrocketing to $60,789,900 in the past year.
The mobile phone detection cameras were first introduced into NSW in December 2019 for an initial trial period, and from March 2020 fines were enforced.
About $56,411,416 of the fines came from offences caught on mobile phone detection cameras.
The remaining fines were issued by NSW Police officers.
For comparison, the total figure for mobile phone-related fines in 2019 was $8,629,181.
The new cameras first appeared in NSW on December 1, 2019, and drivers were given a three-month grace period if they were caught in one of 45 locations.
From March 1, fines were introduced and drivers now lose five demerit points and cop a $344 fine, or a $457 fine if caught in a school zone.