Road Safety Crack­down

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced new road safety mea­sures, in­clud­ing an in­crease in de­merit points from four to five for il­le­gal mo­bile phone use while driv­ing.

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THIS fol­lows a com­mit­ment at the launch of the Road Safety Plan 2021 in Fe­bru­ary to re­view penal­ties, de­velop new road safety ad­ver­tis­ing and in­tro­duce safe­guards to im­prove driver safety in re­la­tion to al­co­hol and drugs, in­clud­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs.

Mem­ber for Hornsby Matt Kean MP said higher de­merit points for il­le­gal phone use will help change the way driv­ers act on our roads.

“We know from a re­cent RMS sur­vey that 74 per cent of the com­mu­nity sup­port a crack­down to il­le­gal phone use be­hind the wheel. We all see it and the com­mu­nity has had enough,” Mr Kean said.

“We have al­ready in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion to en­able cam­era-based tech­nol­ogy so it can be used to en­force mo­bile phone of­fences in the fu­ture, a world first.”

Changes will also be made to re­duce the risk of driv­ing while im­paired by pre­scrip­tion drugs, in­clud­ing clearer guid­ance on when doc­tors should re­port a pa­tient to a Driver Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity if they have con­cerns.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions will also be en­hanced so driv­ers are aware of the risks and are re­minded that driv­ing while im­paired by medicines is a se­ri­ous of­fence.

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