Using a mobile phone while driving, including talking, texting, Facebooking and emailing has been proven time and again to increase the risk of accident. And losing control of a 1.5 tonne projectile can do a lot of damage.
So as of the 26 Sept 2014, fines for touching your phone while operating a vehicle have gone up to $400 in an attempt to break the habit of reaching for your phone when you hear that beep. You'll also get three demerit points added to your licence. (Get 12 and you don't have a licence.)
The fine increase is one of many fine increases coming into effect at that time, including tougher penalties for speeding, drink driving, failing to give way and many more.