Distracted driving comes with a cost: first offenders will face $543 fine and four penalty points
New penalties came into effect across the province today to add more clout to laws aimed at stamping out distracted driving.
Anyone caught texting or talking on the phone while behind the wheel now faces fines worth hundreds of dollars.
$543 fine for a first offence, $800 for a second offence and $1,600 for a third infraction.
Each ticket also comes with four penalty points.
Motorists with two or more distracted driving offences will be classified as “high risk”.
That will lead to a licence review and potential three to 12-month driving prohibition.
There were two enforcement teams from the Integrated Road Safety Unit working the streets of Victoria today.
Constable Andy Dunstan says the message is still not getting through to driver.
“We have issued quite a few violations today.
We’ll see a point where people will start to get the message and things will tail off.
People will become more covert in the way they’re trying to use their devices.
So we will have to become equally inventive in the way we are positioning ourselves to detect the offenses.”
Police warn that even if you are stopped at a red light or are caught in slow moving traffic, you are still considered to be driving.