Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Don’t let FOMO turn into OHNO, or worse – leave your phone alone while driving

distracted driving

5 February, 2019 –

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making our roads safer, which is why we’ve recently increased the penalties for distracted driving.

As of this month, Queensland now has the toughest penalties in the country for drivers illegally using their mobile phones – $1,000 fines and the loss of 4 demerit points.

A second offence within a year will mean 8 demerit points and likely loss of license.

It’s a high price, but not as high as the costs and trauma for those killed or injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers.

Reaching for the phone to send a quick text or check social media when your eyes should be on the road is as dangerous to others as driving drunk between 0.07 to 0.1 blood alcohol level.

During 2018, 33 people died on Queensland roads because of crashes involving distracted or inattentive drivers or riders. Over the same period, 1,358 people were hospitalised in crashes caused by distracted driving.

Due to difficulties investigators face in determining distraction as the cause of a crash, road safety researchers believe the true number of people being killed or injured in crashes caused by mobile phone use is under-reported.

For more information, including how to set up ‘Do not disturb while driving’ on your iPhone, visit https://streetsmarts.initiatives.qld.gov.au/driver-distraction/leave-your-phone-alone