If you get caught speeding, driving without a seatbelt or running a red light in Queensland, you will now face a larger fine.
Tougher penalties come into effect from July 1, 2022.
Phone detection cameras were activated last year which also scan for occupants not wearing a seatbelt. The penalty has more than doubled for front seat passengers who are caught without a belt. Instead of a $413 fine and three demerit points, offenders will now be fined $1078 and four demerit points.
That now brings the fine on par with the $1033 penalty for using a mobile phone while driving in Queensland.
Queensland drivers will still get three demerit points for running a red, but the fine has been increased from $413 to $575.
The Government is also increasing penalties for speeding.
There will now be a $287 fine , up from $183 for exceeding the speed limit by between 1-10km/h, down from 1-12kh/h. One demerit point deduction still in place.
Likewise, exceeding the limit by 11-20km/h (instead of 13-20km/h) will get you a fine of $431 and three demerit points, up from $275 and three demerit points.
The other brackets are unchanged, as are the corresponding demerit point amounts, but the penalties are up as follows:
- 21-30km/h: increased from $459 to $646 (four demerit points)
- 31-40km/h: increased from $643 to $1078 (six demerit points)
- Over 40km/h: increased from $1286 to $1653 (eight demerit points, six-month licence suspension)
In the first four months of the new mobile phone and seatbelt detection cameras going live, almost 14,000 seatbelt offences were recorded.
The Government also plans to roll out more fixed and portable, 24/7 mobile phone and seat belt detection cameras, including in rural and regional areas.
So, the take-home?
Ensure you and every passenger in the car has their seatbelt done up before driving. Plug your mobile phone into a hands free device, or leave it alone. And most of all, pay attention and drive carefully!