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Watching Visual Display Units (VDUs) Whilst Driving

Watching Visual Display Units Whilst Driving

Look, we all love a good funny animal video as much as the next person, but don’t be tempted to let one of your passengers show you that hilarious clip on youtube when you pull up at those traffic lights – you will be committing an offence!

Most people are aware that you can’t use or hold your mobile phone whilst driving. There’s additional rules though that cover situations where your passenger is holding the phone.

Clause 299 of the Road Rules outlines that “a driver must not drive a vehicle that has a television receiver or visual display unit in or on the vehicle, operating whilst the vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked, if any part of the screen is visible to the driver from the normal driving position, or, is likely to distract another driver.”

The offence could cost you $337 and 3 demerit points, or $448 and 4 demerit points if you’re in a school zone, but the maximum Court imposed fine is a whopping $2200.

There are exceptions to this offence if you are using a “drivers aid” which is mounted properly to the vehicle. Generally, this exception is to cover CCTV (like in taxi’s and ubers) and sat nav equipment.

Its still fine for your kids to be occupied by a movie on an ipad on a long car trip – as long as the ipad is not visible to you from your normal driving position, and as long as the ipad isn’t likely to distract another driver.

What will get you into trouble is facetiming with someone – even if your front seat passenger is holding the phone, or looking at that funny cat video someone posted on youtube when your waiting for the lights to turn green.

Image Credit – Olena Kachmar ©

Written by Angela Cooney on June 25, 2019

Angela is able to assist clients with all criminal offences such as assaults, drug charges, traffic matters, theft, break and enters, firearms, sexual offences and apprehended violence orders. Angela is an experienced Court advocate having appeared in the Local and District Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal as well as in Federal jurisdictions in a multitude of matters, including complex strictly indictable trials. View Angela's profile

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