In a bid to make Australian streets safer, the New South Wales government is introducing harder regulations to crackdown on motorists driving under the influence of medicines and people caught using cell phones although powering the wheel.
In addition to setting up new tech in traffic cameras that instantly detect phones, NSW Streets Minister Melinda Pavey has announced that, from September this year, drivers will cop five demerit factors for the illegal use of cell phones although on the highway. Motorists are authorized to us their phones for phone calls, songs and navigation only, if the machine is on a cradle. On the other hand, learner, P1 and P2 drivers aren’t authorized to use a telephone at all.
Alongside with the addition of stringent regulations for telephone use although driving, the NSW government is introducing laws to Parliament to broaden the definition of “drug use” to encompass “a wide range of new and rising drugs”, which will involve the two illicit and prescription medicines.
The state government is also planning to introduce changes to the Opioid Treatment Method which could pressure medical professionals to report individuals to the Driver Licensing Authority if there are any concerns about their skill to drive although under the influence of prescription medicines.
An advertising marketing campaign will be launched to tell the general public about the effect of prescription medicine on drivers.