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Queensland motorists caught speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or running red lights will soon face a massive increase in fines.
Under new laws taking effect from July 1, drivers caught speeding will now be hit with a penalty of between $287 to $1,653.
Even if you are doing 1- 10km over the speed limit, you will be forking out about $300. Before, it was $180.
The biggest increase in fines will be for seatbelt offences or drivers caught running a red light.
Motorists in Queensland will be hit with increased fines as new changes are rolled out from July 1
Seatbelt offences go from $400 to about $1,000, and drivers will lose around four demerit points.
Fines raised for the red light offence have been raised from $413 to $575 from July 1.
Mobile phone offences attract a $1,033 fine and four demerit points.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said there was no excuse for drivers or passengers failing to wear a seatbelt.
‘We’re getting tough, but you know it’s not that hard to solve – just do the right thing,’ Mr Bailey said.
Detection cameras introduced to catch drivers using mobile phones have also caught huge numbers of people – primarily passengers – failing to wear seatbelts.
‘What we see is 45 per cent of the people caught not wearing a seatbelt or wearing it properly have actually been the passengers.
Speeding fines will go up to $300 from $180 as police crack down on driving offences
‘That tells me is it’s not just the passenger making a poor decision; it’s the driver making a poor decision and not enforcing the standards in the car.’
Despite seatbelts being mandatory in Queensland since 1972, police said some drivers still go to extraordinary lengths to avoid buckling up.
‘People go to a wrecker and buy the piece that slots into the seatbelt so that the alarm doesn’t go off … just to avoid not wearing a seatbelt,’ Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.
The hike in seatbelt fines is part of a wider strategy with fines for running a red light increased to $550 and all fines for speeding increased.
‘We’ve had a tragic start to the year, with 81 lives lost on Queensland roads already,’ Mr Bailey said.
‘Today we are reaffirming our commitment to zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2050 by cracking down on driver behaviour.’
The transport minister vowed that every cent collected from the fines would be re-invested into road safety.
Seatbelt offences go from $400 to about $1,000, and drivers will lose around four demerit points