Bundaberg Police is urging residents to remain vigilant while travelling, with driver distraction one of the major killers on Queensland roads.
Using a mobile phone while driving can be as risky as drink driving and multiplies the risk of a serious crash by four times, according to police.
Further to this, it is illegal to hold your phone in your hand or have it resting on any part of your body, such as your lap, while driving or riding.
This applies even when you’re stopped in traffic or at traffic lights.
Cameras to detect illegal phone use while driving are now operational in Queensland.
On average, 28 people are killed and 1,415 seriously injured, each year on Queensland roads as a result of crashes where driver distraction played a part.
Wide Bay Burnett District Officer Superintendent Anne Vogler said the message was simple, leave your phone alone.
“Drivers should consider activating the do not disturb feature while driving and remember that you are facing a $1078 fine and four demerit points if you are caught using your phone while driving,” Superintendent Vogler said.
Distractions can also be in the form of reading a map, taking your hands off the steering wheel to reach for an object, eating or drinking.
Even mentally focusing on something other than driving, such as a conversation or daydreaming can be a dangerous distraction.
To prevent driver distraction, it is crucial for drivers to prioritise safety and minimise potential distractions.
To stay safe on the road Queensland Police recommend to:
- Put away electronic devices or switch them to drive or silent mode before driving.
- Set up navigation systems or adjust vehicle controls before starting the journey.
- Avoid multitasking and focus on driving attentively.
- Pull over to a safe location if you need to address an urgent matter or if you feel too distracted to drive safely.
- Plan ahead when travelling with children, schedule regular breaks and have a plan to keep them occupied.
By understanding the risks and taking proactive measures to minimise distractions, drivers can contribute to safer roads and reduce the likelihood of accidents caused by driver distraction.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.
Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers.
Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.