Data reveals how much Bathurst drivers pay for mobile phone, seatbelt offences – Western Advocate

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AS police prepare another holiday blitz on the region’s roads, new figures have revealed it is not just speeding drivers who can expect to be caught.
Data from the NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) has revealed Bathurst region drivers are still pumping thousands of dollars every year into the state’s coffers for the most basic of infringements.
The OSR figures show that while the number of seatbelt and mobile phone offences across the Chifley Police District have fallen over the past two COVID-affected years, there are still too many drivers not doing the right thing.
Officers attached to Chifley Highway Patrol issued 95 mobile phone offences in 2020-2021, down from 183 a year earlier but still worth more than $33,000 in state revenue.

Numbers are also down for the first five months of the 2021-22 financial year but still an average of one driver a week is being caught illegally using their phone while driving.

The picture is even worse when it comes to seatbelt offences.
Despite decades of being told to “click, clack, front and back”, police issued more than 200 seatbelt offences across the Chifley command in 2020-21.
October 2020 (46 fines) and May 2021 (33 fines) were the worst months as officers issued a total of 226 seatbelt offences worth $78,866.
Officers wrote a further 53 fines between July and November this year, including 26 in October alone.
Seatbelt and mobile phone offences will be among the infringements to be targeted when double demerits come into effect from Friday, December 24.
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