NSW’s crackdown on mobile phones in cars

NSW will be the first place in the world to use technology to detect texting drivers with red-light-style cameras.

The reforms extend powers to authorities for roadside oral testing of cocaine, increase penalties for driving under the influence and introduce red-light-style cameras capable of detecting mobile phones used by drivers.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said NSW was the first state in Australia to introduce the legislation which will come into effect from July 1 this year after being passed in parliament on Wednesday.