Traffic rules clarified

Senior Sergeant Chris Hoath, of Peel Traffic.
Senior Sergeant Chris Hoath, of Peel Traffic.

Educating drivers on these issues are a daily occurrence for Peel Traffic officers.

Senior Sergeant Chris Hoath said two main problems traffic officers encountered in the Peel district were drivers speeding and texting and talking on mobile phones.

‘It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving,’ he said.

‘The penalty is a $250 fine and three demerit points.

If a mobile phone can be operated without touching it, it can be anywhere in the car.

However, if you need to press a button on the phone to use it, it must be in a secure mounting in the car.

However, it is an offence to create, send or look at a text message while driving, even if the phone can be operated without touching it.

The legality of eating and drinking while driving is another issue.

‘There are no laws preventing eating and drinking while driving, but we do get back to the question of driver distraction and whether or not the actions of the driver are considered careless,’ Sgt Hoath said.

‘My advice would be to always drive with due care and attention and avoid anything that will distract the driver.’

Sgt Hoath said drivers must not accelerate until they reached the speed sign.