ACT cracks down on mobile phone use

New laws in the Australian Capital Territory are cracking down on motorists using their mobile phones while driving.

New laws in the Australian Capital Territory are cracking down on motorists using their mobile phones while driving.

The laws — in immediate effect — mean that drivers can no longer hold a mobile phone, cradle it on their shoulder or rest it on their lap while driving.

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope said that the laws were a part of a nationwide reform.

"Research shows that drivers are four times more likely to crash while using a mobile phone and yet many Canberrans continue to ignore the risks," he said.

Stanhope said in a statement last week that drivers could use a mobile phone to make or receive calls while the device is secured in a cradle. Messaging and video-calling activities, however, are still prohibited.

Those breaking the new mobile phone laws face a $271 fine and risk losing three demerit points from their licence.

(Front page image credit: Phone Car image by H.C. Williams, CC2.0)

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