Getting pinged for driving while using a cell phone will soon cost motorists nearly double.
Transport Minister Michael Wood this morning announced plans to increase fines to $150 from $80 from the end of the month.
He says nearly two dozen people died and more than 70 were seriously injured between 2015 and 2019 because they were distracted by their phone.
Forty thousand tickets were given out for the offence last year
Dylan Thomsen from the AA spoke to Guyon Espiner.