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Whopping fine issued for driver caught by police

Whopping fine issued for driver caught by police

A driver has been issued a massive fine of $2482 after being caught going more than 50km/hr over the speed limit.

NSW Police pulled the South Australian man over in Parkes in the state’s central west and he had been clocked going 111km/hr in a 60km/hr zone.

He was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by over 45km/hr and was handed a $2482 fine.

He also lost six demerit points and has had his licence suspended for six months.

Although the fine might sound steep, it’s nothing compared to the new mobile phone laws that are slowly being enforced around the country.

Queenslanders who are caught using their mobile phones while driving will face the highest laws in the country from next year.

Any Queenslander found on their phone while driving will be fined $1,000 from the 1st of February. This amount is more than double the current fine amount of $400.

Thanks to the introduction of this steep penalty, this puts Queensland well ahead of the rest of the states when it comes to fines.

The current amount you’ll be fined for each state for using your phone while driving is:

  • $534 for South Australia
  • $484 for Victoria
  • $470 for ACT
  • $400 for Queensland and Western Australia
  • $337 for New South Wales
  • $326 for Tasmania
  • $250 for Northern Territory  
The fine hike by Queensland came just days after NSW confirmed its spending $88 million on fixed and portable cameras at 45 spots across the state to spot drivers who text and drive.

NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance said that the move was about saving lives.

“I want [driver] behaviour to change and I want it changed immediately,” he said to The New Daily.

Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that they also have plans to trial cameras that are being used by NSW.

“They are the toughest laws in Australia … because this problem has been escalating,” he told ABC radio on Thursday.

“I just can’t accept the road toll – we’ve got to deal with this.”

“The safest thing for people to do is to change their behaviour right now because that means safer roads.”