Centre for Road Safety

Mobile phone use (1 min, 32 seconds)

Narrator: Mobile phone use

[We see the view as we travel in the back seat of a car, looking over the driver’s shoulder through the windscreen to the road ahead. The driver has both his hands on the steering wheel. A mobile phone is mounted on the dashboard in a spot that does not obscure the driver’s view.]

Narrator: For fully licensed drivers, there are two ways you can use a mobile phone while driving.

Narrator: The first is if the phone is secured in a commercially manufactured and designed mounting that is fixed to the vehicle and doesn't obscure your view of the road.

[Animation shows a close-up of a mobile phone secured in a cradle displaying map directions, an incoming call notification, playing audio and then a street map. A large yellow tick of approval is shown.]

Narrator: If your phone is mounted in a cradle you can use it to make and receive audio calls, to play audio or as a driver's aid, such as navigation.

[We return to the view as we travel in the back seat of a car, looking over the driver’s shoulder through the windscreen to the road ahead. The driver has both his hands on the steering wheel. A mobile phone is mounted on the dashboard in a spot that does not obscure the driver’s view.]

Narrator: The second way you can use your phone legally is when it is not in a cradle and it is being used hands-free, for example through bluetooth or voice activation.

[The phone displays an incoming call notification, then call-in-progress.]

Narrator: When using your phone in this way you must not touch any part of the phone and it can only be used for making and receiving audio calls and playing audio. A large yellow tick of approval is shown.]

[Animation shows the driver with his mobile phone held up to his ear. The vehicle is parked safely out of the traffic. A large yellow tick of approval is shown.]

Narrator: You can only use a hand-held mobile phone if your vehicle is parked.

[Animation shows the the man driving with a mobile phone between his shoulder and ear. A large red cross of disapproval is shown.]

Narrator: While driving, a mobile phone must not rest on your leg, be between your shoulder and ear, or any other part of your body.

[Animation shows the man texting while driving, then checking emails while driving. A large red tick of disapproval is shown.]

Narrator: It is never permitted to use your mobile phone or electronic device for text messaging, video messaging, emailing, using social media, taking photos or similar activities, while driving.

[Animation shows the driver holding his phone to check map locations. A large red tick of disapproval is shown.]

You must not use a hand-held phone at all while driving including when you're stopped at traffic lights.

[The driver is shown holding his mobile phone while stopped at a red light. A large red cross of disaproval is shown.]

[Close-up shows a digital driver licence on a mobile phone. We then see a police officer at the driver’s window.]

Narrator: Any driver who has a digital driver licence must not touch their phone to access their licence unless they have been asked to do so by a police officer.

Graphic: Learner, provisional P1 and provisional P2 drivers must not use any function of a mobile phone while driving.

Narrator: Learner, provisional P1 and provisional P2 drivers must not use any function of a mobile phone while driving, and can only use a mobile phone if their vehicle is parked.

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