'People killing themselves': Huge fines to be introduced for drivers using mobile phones behind wheel

Australian Associated Press

Using a mobile phone while driving could see Queenslanders fined $1000 and have their licence suspended for a second offence, under a new state government proposal.

40 people have died on Queensland roads in the past two months, sparking a review of current penalties for a range of driving offences.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.

Queensland drivers using mobile phones while driving could soon be fined $1000 in proposed new laws.
Drivers using mobile phones while driving could soon be fined $1000 in Queensland. Source: AAP

"People are literally killing themselves and killing others because they can't keep their hands off their phone," Mr Bailey said.

A three-day Driver Distraction National Summit begins in Brisbane on Monday.

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