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Queensland driver fined for resting phone on lap while driving in Brisbane

The driver is fined $1,033 for breaking a little-known rule of the road. Can you spot his mistake?

  • A Queensland man has been fined $1,000 for resting his phone in his lap while driving
  • The man said he didn’t know it was illegal because he didn’t use the phone
  • Placing a cell phone on your body while driving is illegal according to traffic laws

A driver who was fined $1,033 for resting his phone in his lap while driving claims he didn’t know it was against the law.

The man has shared a video of the fine and four demerit points he received after a Brisbane traffic camera caught him with his phone in January.

The fine states that his offense was ‘driver uses mobile phone / placed on body’ and shows a photo of the man with the phone in his lap.

A Queenslander has been fined over $1,000 for resting his phone in his lap while driving and claims he had no idea it was against the law

“It was a red light and I thought it would be okay. It’s a lost mate,’ he wrote.

Putting a mobile phone on your body while driving is illegal under Queensland traffic laws, even when the driver isn’t looking at it or touching it.

“To ensure your safety and that of other road users, your full attention is required when driving,” the Queensland Government website says.

“It is illegal to hold a cell phone in your hand or rest it on any part of your body, such as your knees, while driving. This applies even if you are stopped in traffic.

“The phone does not need to be on or in use for this to be an offence.”

Commentators were divided by the fine, some shocked, while others insisted it was a well-known rule.

“Phone on lap is crazy fine,” one wrote.

“Using your phone… you know the rules then cry when you get caught,” another added.

The man was fined $1,033 for resting his mobile phone on his lap in Brisbane, Queensland

The man was fined $1,033 for resting his mobile phone on his lap in Brisbane, Queensland

FINES FOR PHONE USE IN EACH STATE

New South Wales

Five demerit points and a fine of $352 ($469 in the school zone)

queensland

$1,033 and have 4 demerit points

Victoria

Four demerit points and a $545 fine

Tasmania

Three demerit points and $300 fine

North territory

$500 and three demerit points

southern australia

Three demerit points and $534 fine plus $60 levy for victims of crime

Western Australia

$500 and three demerit points during the non-holiday period, and six demerit points during the designated vacation period

ACT

Five demerit points and a fine of $352 ($469 in the school zone)

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