Official Media Release

Hunter Drivers Urged To Get Their Hands Of It

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter has reminded Hunter drivers to get their hand off their mobile phones to save lives and money.

Since March 1 2020, mobile phone detection cameras have checked 169,627 vehicles within the Hunter Valley area.

This resulted in 462 penalty notices being issued.

Around one in every 367 drivers checked in the Hunter Valley area during this period (1 March to 31 July 2020) were issued a penalty notice, an offence rate of 0.27 per cent.

Hunter Valley Area is based on the following local government areas:

  • Cessnock City Council
  • Dungog Shire Council
  • Maitland City Council
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Singleton Shire Council
  • Upper Hunter Shire Council

“While the number of drivers booked are relatively low, its costs drivers $349, or $464 if detected in a school zone and five demerit points, or ten demerit points during double demerit periods.

“More importantly, it’s a distraction we don’t need and it will save lives if we simply keep our hands off it. Your family will appreciate you and so will the families of others involve in crashes caused by inattention”, Mr. Johnsen concluded.

You can find the rules by clicking on this link – Driving and using mobile phones