Since 21 August 2023, mobile phone and seatbelt detection cameras are live in Tasmania. Detection cameras aim to reduce the number of people being seriously injured or killed on our roads as a result of driving while distracted or incorrectly wearing a seatbelt.
The increased use of mobile phones while driving is a type of distraction that has the biggest impact on driving behaviour. Evidence shows distraction caused by mobile phones can impair performance in a number of ways, notably braking reaction time, reaction to traffic signals, ability to keep in the correct lane, shorter following distances, and an overall reduction in awareness of what is happening around you.
Unlike distraction, incorrectly wearing a seatbelt is not necessarily the cause of crashes, but it does increase the severity of the injury in the event of a crash. Wearing a correctly fitted seatbelt reduces the risk of being killed in a crash by up to 50 per cent.
If you or your passengers aren’t wearing seatbelts correctly or you’re illegally using your phone, you will be caught. Always click on your seatbelt, store your phone and you’re good to go.
Click. Store. Go.
Click here for more information on detection cameras.