Queensland issues 100,000 telephone and seat belt fines, but traffic accuracy is questioned

More than 100,000 Queensland drivers have been caught using phones or not wearing seat belts in the past six months, leading to more than $ 84 million in fines.

Between November 1 and May 25, 100,375 violation notices were issued based on images from the state’s new camera systems.

But some drivers say they were unjustly pinned, with some photos apparently showing seat belts wearing.

The majority of those offenses were for using a cell phone, but Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the number of people not wearing seat belts was “shocking”.

“To think that safety belts have been mandatory for 50 years, and nearly 29,000 people have been caught doing the wrong thing in just six months, is outrageous,” he said.

More than 71,000 people were caught looking at their phone, which carries a $ 1,033 fine and the loss of four demerit points.

The highest number of telephone offenses was in the Brisbane region, with 37,073 fines issued in the city area.

Logan and the Gold Coast measured the highest number of seat belt offenses, both for drivers and passengers, with more than 7,000 fines in both categories.

“I only urge drivers before you start the car, put on your seatbelt, make sure everyone else has one – especially if you have kids,” Mr Bailey said.

The minister said data presented to him showed that nearly a quarter of Queensland’s deadly crashes involved people not wearing a seat belt.

Since the beginning of the year 133 lives have been lost on Queensland roads.

Surveillance of a driver using a telephone.
Drivers who want to challenge fines may have to do so in court.(Delivered: Transportation and Highways)

Accuracy questioned

ABC Radio Brisbane Caller Aaron said his sister, a single mother from Sydney, had been sent a notice of violation for not wearing a seat belt despite the photo being “inconclusive”.

He said his sister and their elderly mother, who was sitting in the passenger seat, were clearly wearing seat belts and now had to fight the fine in court.

“She is a single mother who lives in Sydney and has to travel to Brisbane to appear in magistrate court as the first step in opposing it,” Aaron said.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“The process involved against that is ridiculous.

“It simply came to our notice then [resolved]. “

Mr Bailey said he was happy to discuss the fine with Aaron and acknowledged that some people had appealed their fines.

He said each photo was inspected by a department officer before any fine was issued to ensure “integrity” in the system.

“If there is any doubt, we will not issue a fine,” Bailey said.

Caroline of Brookfield also texted in to say she was issued a fine after wearing her seat belt under her shoulder due to a long-term injury.

Safety belt a good excursion

As of July 1, the fine for not wearing a seat belt will increase to $ 1,078 and four demerit points.

Mr Bailey said the driver would be fined, regardless of who was not wearing a seat belt.

He said the system was designed to be accurate, with the images automatically scanned and any probable violations sent to officers who inspected each photo individually.

“I said very clearly when we were drawing this,” Mr. Bailey said.

“I said, ‘I don’t want there to be any problem with the integrity of the system.’

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