Dr Anthony Lynham


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

distracted driving

10 December, 2019 –

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

From 1 February 2020, the fine for using your phone while driving will increase to $1,000 and 4 demerit points – the toughest penalties in Australia.

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