• Hannah Phillips

New Road Safety Measures for NSW

New road safety measures have been announced by the NSW Government, including an increase in demerit points for illegal mobile phone use while driving.

This follows from 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, both prescription and illicit.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin said the new changes, include an increase from 4 to 5 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 on illegal phone use behind the wheel.

"We all see it and the community has had enough,” Mr Aplin said.

“I noted a recent media report on a local crackdown by Police on mobile phone usage whilst driving resulted in a number of fines – people are just not getting the message,”

“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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