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New technology has busted hundreds of Queensland drivers using their mobile phones while behind the wheel following the state’s promise to crack down on dangerous driving.

Figures have been released after the state government rolled out hi-tech camera technology from July last year.

The new cameras caught 293 drivers using their phone behind the wheel, three times or more, between November and December last year.

Nearly three hundred drivers were caught using their phones, three times or more, over a month.
Nearly three hundred drivers were caught using their phones, three times or more, over a month. (Supplied)

The 293 motorists accumulated 1327 infringement notices. This is an average of 4.5 per driver.

Another 800 were caught doing the same thing twice within that same period.

Under current Queensland road laws, a driver using a phone illegally can be fined $1033 and four demerit points.

However, the Queensland government last week announced it would be getting tougher on all driving offences.

With that, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey warned the cameras are often moved and will targeted high-risk areas.

The high-tech cameras caught more than 1000 drivers breaking the law, in a period spanning from November - December.
The high-tech cameras caught more than 1000 drivers breaking the law, in a period spanning from November – December. (Supplied)

“These cameras are anywhere, anytime,” he said.

From July 1, motorists caught not wearing a seatbelt will now be fined $1078 and four demerit points. This has increased from a fine of $413.

Those caught driving through a red light will be slapped with a fine of $575, also up from $413.

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And those caught speeding could incur a fine ranging between $287 to $1653. There’s no change to demerit points.

Source: 9News

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