Police in the Wimmera are targeting people using handheld mobile phones while driving.
Kaniva Police Sergeant Darren Wright said while people were allowed to move around in their vehicles for essential travel they still needed to obey the law.
"We've certainly noticed a rise in the number of people using their mobile phone while driving," he said. "If you have to drive around, don't use your phone."
The penalties for illegal mobile phone use while driving are 4 demerit points and a $496 fine.
A fully licensed driver can use a phone to make or receive a phone call, to use its audio/music functions or perform a navigational (GPS) or intelligent highway vehicle system (in vehicle warning system) function but only if the phone:
All other functions (including video calls, texting, emailing, task management, photography, social media, shopping and share economy apps) are prohibited.
Learner, P1 and P2 drivers must not use a mobile phone (hand-held or hands-free) for any function while driving (including while stationary but not parked).
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