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Blog post from Monday, 2 June, 2014

Get your hand off it!

While two-thirds of the driving population agree that using a mobile phone when driving is dangerous, statistics show many still do it. This video is from the Get your hand off it! campaign from the Centre for Road Safety research has attributed mobile phone use to contributing to at least 216 crashes, 100 of which resulted in someone being killed or injured in the past five years.

If you don’t believe that texting could prove fatal, read this real-life account of a man whose girlfriend died while they were messaging each other as she drove her car.

Mobile phone laws

In NSW, the road rules about mobile phone use are:

While your vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), as a driver you may only use a mobile phone to make or receive a call or use the audio playing function if:

  • the mobile phone is secured in a fixed mounting; or
  • the mobile phone does not require you to touch or manipulate the phone in any way.

All other functions including texting, video messaging, online chatting, reading preview messages and emailing are prohibited.

While your vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), as a driver you must not hold your mobile phone in your hand other than to pass the phone to a passenger.

A mobile phone’s GPS (or other driver’s aid) function may only be used if:

  • the phone is secured in a commercially designed and manufactured fixed mounting, and
  • the mounting is fixed in a location that will not distract or obscure your view in any way, and
  • the use of the driver’s aid does not distract you from driving or from being in proper control of your vehicle.
Learner drivers plus P1 drivers and riders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding.

This information and more is available from the Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety. The Find Legal Answers website has information on cars and driving and also about courts and the legal system.