If you have a tendency to get distracted while driving, you could be hit with a pretty serious fine!

When you think of dangerous driving, you probably think of people driving while intoxicated, speeding or driving without a licence, but it turns out that the majority of dangerous drivers are people doing things most of us might consider routine. They’re every day habits that can seem harmless, but according to police, they can have deadly consequences.

Losing Focus

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told A Current Affair, “People eating, people putting on makeup, talking to people in the back seat or being distracted by others in the car are just some of the things taking driver focus off the road.”

A Current Affair’s investigation found a woman driving with her knees while eating a McFlurry and texting, a tradie writing notes and talking on the phone, and countless people eating lunch with barely an elbow on the wheel. We all know that life is only getting more hectic, and people have less and less time, but taking such a risk and putting others in danger seems like a step too far to save a couple of precious minutes.

Paying The Price

It turns out that these apparently harmless, yet dangerous habits could end up costing you big, as reported on 9News. Depending on where you live, the fine for being caught driving any vehicle without being in full control could reach hundreds of dollars. “Driving any vehicle, you have to be in full control and when you get in the car, you’ve got to say to yourself, this is a dangerous thing I’m going to be doing, I need to concentrate fully,” the Assistant Commissioner said.

If you’re found ‘driving without proper control of a vehicle’ you’ll be booked. In NSW, it’s a fine of $448 plus three demerit points, the same penalty in the ACT, a whopping $600 in WA, a $500 fine and three points in the Northern Territory, $184 in South Australia and $387 plus three demerit points in Victoria.

The message to take away? Nothing is more important than being safe while driving. Not your makeup, your phone, nothing. If you really need to take your hands off the wheel and it can’t wait until your destination, pull over. Your safety and the safety of others is worth being late for.

Are you guilty of getting distracted while driving? Tell us in the comments.


  • You wouldn’t even do half these things!! Takes 2 extra seconds at home to avoid risking lives.


  • You should be fined if your a danger on the roads. I hate seeing people on their phones. I want their licence suspended, not just a fine.


  • I have seen a lady applying lipstick while driving fast on a twisty road.
    There needs to be a system developed like racing car drivers use for people to have a drink of water while driving if necessarily. Some people dehydrate quickly and on some roads – including country ones there is nowhere safe to leave the road to have a drink.


  • Oh I never do other things except drink water, it’s way too hard and dangerous


  • Love the idea but should focus on one before the other doesn’t beat the fact that there are more hoons and drunk drivers than these


  • I don’t drive but when I see what people do while driving, I get quite upset. Time ago on the news there was a woman eating her cereals (in the bowl!!) while driving! Unbelievable!!

    • Yep! I have seen people do this – eat a bowl of cereal and drive! Impossible to think that they did not have 5 minutes to eat cereal at home! Maybe get up 5 minutes earlier!


  • You can’t ban talking in a car.


  • You need your hands to be able to drive so anything that needs your hands has to be an automatic no while driving. Stay safe everyone.


  • There is way too much distraction and speeding and erratic behaviour on the roads and I have no problem with laws being enforced and people being fined. I have witnessed some incredibly dangerous driving. I do not have an issue with general talking in a car.


  • I feel that talking in the car even can cause too much distraction, sometimes I stop and park the car on the side of the road to continue / finish an intense conversation. I don’t eat, put on make-up or look at the phone in the car, but get myself sometimes a cup of coffee.


  • So parents just shouldn’t travel by car? I talk to my kids in the back seat but never turn around to look at them. If they need me to pass them a tissue or something they have to wait till we r stopped at the lights and even then I will reach back and not really take my eyes off the rd.


  • I think it’s great. It’s just as dangerous as texting or drink driving


  • Good. I often see people doing their hair or eating while driving. It makes me nervous to share the road with these people.


  • This seems fair enough. T ough fines might save lives.


  • We know the rules unlike some people using their phone while driving!


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