Australia, New Zealand distracted driving news

Australian Capital Territory penalties for using social media while driving are set at $511 or four demerit points as of Sept. 1, 2016. The existing fine for using a handheld cell phone remains at $416/three demerit points. The four demerit points for using social media such as Facebook means novice drivers will see their licenses pulled for the offense. A senior Australian minister has been shamed by a citizen for using her handheld smartphone while driving a campaign vehicle. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop was photographed doing the deed in late June in central Perth. "Everyone … [Read more...]