New Mobile Phone Laws Apply
The NSW government calls for a complete mobile ban in tough new laws for NSW P-platers.
Drivers in NSW on a Provisional License will soon banned from using any form of mobile phone under a new government crackdown designed to save young lives.
Under the amendments announced on Sunday, P-plate drivers will no longer be permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. Currently, P-2 licence holders may use mobile phone for calls and audio only, provided the phone is securely mounted or an automated audio device is connected. The changes will come into place in December this year.
The NSW Government were forced to act after a drastic rise in the number of young people dying on NSW roads.
Crash data from 2010 to 2014 showed there were 236 crashes where hand-held mobile phone use by drivers was identified as a contributing factor. From July 2014 to June 2015, more than 35,300 fines were issued to drivers in NSW for using hand-held mobile phones, showing the problem is still prevalent.
Twice the amount of P-plate drivers die on Australian roads each year, compared to open licence drivers, 21 young people have already died in crashes involving P-plate drivers this year alone.
Simply taking your eyes off the road for longer than two seconds, doubles the risk of a crash. A short lapse of concentration can have lifelong consequences.