Mobile Phone & Seatbelt Detection Cameras

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Is it worth it?

Mobile Phone and Seatbelt Detection Cameras are live, right across Queensland, and they don’t miss a trick. So, if you or your passengers aren’t wearing seatbelts or not wearing them properly, or if you’re using your phone illegally while driving, tough penalties apply.

You will also receive double demerits if you are caught again within 12 months. This means you could lose your licence. Is it worth it?

The penalties

Illegal mobile phone use and failing to wear a seatbelt contribute significantly to the number of lives lost and serious injuries on Queensland roads each year. Tough penalties apply.

Mobile phone on lap

Using a mobile phone illegally while driving

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Driver without a seatbelt

Driver not wearing or incorrectly wearing a seatbelt

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Passenger wearing seatbelt incorrectly

Passenger not wearing or incorrectly wearing a seatbelt

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Driver without seatbelt and using mobile phone

Driver without seatbelt and using phone

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Driving with a phone on the body

Driving with a phone on the body

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Driver sitting on their seatbelt

Driver sitting on their seatbelt

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Driver wearing seatbelt under arm

Driver incorrectly wearing a seatbelt

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Driver with seatbelt looped under arm

Driver incorrectly wearing a seatbelt

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Anywhere Anytime

From 1 November 2021, the following camera-related penalties will apply:

  • $1,033 and four demerit points for illegal mobile phone use while driving.
  • $413 and three demerit points for failing to wear a seatbelt or not wearing it properly. Drivers can also be fined a further $413 and three demerit points for each front seat passenger not properly restrained.
  • Double demerit points apply for repeat offences committed within a 12-month period.

The cameras use artificial intelligence to detect people committing mobile phone and seatbelt offences. Roadside policing is ongoing and the same penalties apply.

View the factsheet for more information.

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Reckon using your phone is worth $1,033 + 4 demerits?

It is illegal to hold a mobile phone in your hand or have it resting on any part of your body, including your lap, when driving. This applies even if you're stopped in traffic.

It is illegal for Learners and P1’s to use a phone in any way while driving. This includes using maps, Bluetooth, and handsfree. Their passengers also can’t use phones on loudspeaker.

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Reckon not wearing a seatbelt properly is worth $413 + 3 demerits?

Did you know that the cameras can pick up if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt, and even if you are not wearing it properly? An incorrectly worn seatbelt can cause injuries in a crash. Seatbelts are designed to work with other vehicle safety features, like airbags. So, a properly adjusted, and fastened seatbelt is the only way to go!

Read more about seatbelt rules.

Read more about child restraint rules.

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Seatbelts every time

The seatbelt should be worn with the buckle low on your hip, and lap part across your pelvis and hips. The sash part should run from your shoulder across your chest and above your stomach. If a child restraint is being used, please ensure it is fitted correctly.

If you have a seatbelt exemption, due to a medical condition or disability, notify the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

More on mobile phones

Open and P2 licence holders can use a phone hands-free, for example, in a cradle attached to the vehicle. This includes to accept calls, use navigation apps, skip a song, or accept or finish a trip as a rideshare driver. They can also use a phone hands-free if it's in a pocket of your clothing or a pouch you're wearing. However, you must not touch or look at the phone.

Learner and P1 drivers under 25 must not use a phone at all while driving. This includes hands-free, loudspeaker or Bluetooth functions. Their passengers must also not use a mobile phone's loudspeaker.

All drivers can hold their phone when the vehicle is stationary to pay for goods and services at a drive-through, enter an area like a car park, or show a digital driver licence to police.

You can find out more information about mobile phone rules here. For further details on the cameras go here.

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