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Warning To Drivers Over Seatbelts As $40M Worth Of Fines Are Dished Out In Queensland

Covert road cameras in Queensland have generated $40 million of revenue as 50,000 fines were handed out to motorists using mobile phones or not wearing a seatbelt.

Within four months, from November 2021 to February 2022, 47,668 fines were issued across Queensland due to the cameras.

The cameras use artificial intelligence to filter images and detect if an offence - such as using a mobile phone while driving- was committed. 

The fines included 33,805 fines for the illegal use of a mobile phone and 13,875 fines for a driver or front-seat passenger not wearing a seatbelt.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey "We know using your phone while driving is the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.07 – 0.10, so this is like having 33,805 drunk drivers on our roads," Mr Bailey said.

Brisbane drivers racked up the most fines in the state with 23,663, followed by the Gold Coast with 17,128 fines and Cairns with 2,177 infringements issued. 

Mobile phone offences attract a $1,033 fine and four demerit points, while seatbelt fines incur a $413 fine and three demerit points for each vehicle occupant detected not wearing a seatbelt.