MOBILE PHONE OFFENCES AND DEMERIT POINTS.
Currently, if you are the holder of a Learners Permit of P1 Licence then you are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving, or stationary. This is a separate offence under the Road Traffic Regulations and specific to South Australia. Arguably, use is not made out if it is voice activated under the definitions, but we do not advice you to take the risk as you may still be driving without proper attention and may commit other offences.
Curiously, many people are caught quickly checking their phone while stationary at a set of red traffic lights or in a traffic queue. Unless you are parked you still commit an offence. Police in Adelaide regularly sit at traffic lights catching unsuspecting motorists.
Significant fines and demerit points apply for mobile phone usage. In addition, if you are involved in an accident then serious charges may result from your lack of attention.
WOODS & CO LAWYERS CAN ASSIST YOU WITH MOBILE PHONE OFFENCES – CALL 8311 3111
Many of our clients are frustrated at receiving and expiation notice and the demerit points. It could result in significant consequences if you are involved in an accident or have accrued too many demerit points, or you are on a Learners, Provisional or Probationary Licence.
It may seem odd that you can change a radio station, touch a navigational aide in-built into a vehicle, adjust air conditioning and a do a myriad of other things without necessarily committing an offence. Nevertheless, a person must always drive with proper care and attention. Parliament in South Australia have legislated these mobile phone offences specifically to address a growing problem.
At Woods & Co Lawyers we are widely regarded by the profession and public as experts in traffic law matters. It is important to obtain legal advice from one of our professional team of lawyers in Adelaide. We advise you to do so before paying or commencing to pay any expiation fee if you are concerned as to whether you have committed a mobile phone offence.
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