New South Wales

Nearly 2,200 fined for mobile phone, seatbelt or vehicle defects

Officers from the State’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command issued 2199 tickets for mobile phone, seatbelt, and defective vehicles in a one-day state-wide traffic operation.

The infringements were issued during Operation Compliance 3 which ran yesterday (Wednesday 9 August 2017), targeting dangerous driver behaviour.

During the operation, officers continued to see people disobeying the law, with officers issuing 1277 infringements for mobile phone offences, 376 infringements for people not wearing seatbelts, and 546 infringements for vehicle defects.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said yesterday’s operation should serve as a warning for all drivers of the risks on our roads.

“To have nearly 2,200 infringements issued in a single day suggests a clear lack of personal responsibility by many drivers.

“Using a phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving a defective car not only puts a driver at risk, it puts their passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk of death or serious injury.

“It is disappointing to see so many people disobeying these simple road rules. Hopefully all 2199 people learned a valuable lesson yesterday; a lesson that could stop someone from being seriously injured or killed in the future.

“So far in 2017, 232 have already died on NSW roads. We need drivers to take full responsibility for their actions, to help prevent more people from losing their lives,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

This operation should act as a reminder to all road users to follow these safety tips:

  • Distractions like a mobile phone while driving means your hands are off the wheel and your eyes are off the road. Being distracted greatly increasing your chances of being in a serious crash.
  • Seatbelts save lives. Even when a car is fitted with airbags, not wearing a seatbelt means you are more likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash.
  • Brakes and tyres are the most vital safety aspects of a vehicle. Check them regularly to make sure they are safe and compliant.

Source: NSW Police