It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving for ANY reason. This includes passengers supervising a learner driver.
This includes holding and using your mobile to make a call, look at a text or check social media. It applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
Whether it’s looking at a text or a new social media post, streaming a video behind the wheel, checking emails or making a phone call, all of these activities are dangerous.
It diverts attention away from the road and increases the chances of being involved in a road collision, putting not only the driver but others at risk with potentially devastating consequences.
Mobile safety enforcement vehicles can and do detect speeding, mobile phone and seat belt offences. The specially trained police staff also have the capacity to identify other traffic violations such as driver not in proper control or where a driver is not in a position to have a full view of the road or traffic ahead.
The message is clear and simple - don’t use your mobile phone when driving.
If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving:
Using hands-free devices:
Mobile phones may also be connected to car “infotainment” systems –but the driver must not hold the phone at any time while driving.