Why Paying At A Drive-Thru Could Cost You An Extra $484

It might worth going back to good old-fashioned cash to avoid a fine at the drive-thru.

Victoria Police started the conversation about using mobile phones in drive-thrus, with a poll on its Facebook page.

"When using a fast-food outlet’s drive-thru service, can I use my phone to pay?" was the question asked.

A staggering 65 percent of respondents answered 'yes'.

These people would all be wrong.

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"Using a handheld mobile phone while driving carries a $484 fine and accrues four demerit points," Victoria Police said.

"If you intend to use your mobile phone to pay at the drive-thru window, apply the hand brake, switch the engine off and then access your mobile phone. In doing so, you are not considered driving."

Victoria is not the only state where paying at a drive-thru could make your take away much more expensive a meal.

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ACT Police told 10 daily a drive-thru is treated the same as a public road.

"While the car is running, that is includes being stationary at traffic lights, fast food drive-thru or the school drop off/pick up, it is an offence to use a mobile phone," a spokesperson said.

New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia police all told 10 daily the same.

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Using a phone to pay at a drive-thru without turning off the engine and applying the handbrake is a driving offence, with fines varying from $250 to $484 around the country.

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Here are the penalties for each state for being caught on a mobile phone in a drive-thru

Victoria: $484 and four demerit points.

NSW: $337 and five demerit points (10 during double demerit periods).

ACT: $447 and four demerit points.

QLD: $391 and three demerit points.

WA: $400 and three demerit points.

SA: $308 and three demerit points.

Tasmania: $300 and three demerit points.

NT: $250 and three demerit points.