Seventy-four per cent of the community has supported a crackdown on illegal phone use behind the wheel.
DRIVERS caught talking on mobile phones will soon lose five demerit points under a new road safety crackdown by the State Government.
The penalty will be the toughest for the offence in the country when it comes into effect in September.
Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey, said a recent Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) survey showed 74 per cent of the community supported a crackdown on illegal phone use behind the wheel.
"We all see it and the community has had enough," she said.
"We have already introduced legislation to enable camera-based technology so it can be used to enforce mobile phone offences in the future, a world first."
The definition of a 'drug' in the Road Safety Act will also change to ensure that people driving while impaired by a broad range of new and emerging drugs can be charged.
Changes will also be made to reduce the risk of driving while impaired by prescription drugs, including clearer guidance on when doctors should report a patient to a Driver Licensing Authority if they have concerns.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said drivers needed to understand the risk of driving while impaired by medicines.
"Prescription and non-prescription medications can impair the ability to drive safely, particularly when mixed with alcohol and we are developing new resources to help patients better understand this," she said.