Set your phone then leave it alone
RACQ will today launch its biggest ever advocacy campaign to help stem the number of lives lost due to Queensland’s deadly mobile phone addiction.
The State’s peak motoring body has partnered with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), to implore drivers to set their phones, then leave them alone while driving, the key message of its mammoth education and advertisement campaign.
RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said driver distraction due to mobile phone use was an insidious scourge which killed or severely injured people on Queensland roads every day.
“Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drink driving, and it is much, much more prevalent on our roads in 2019,” Mr Turner said.
“You’re four times more likely to have a crash if driving and using your phone – people know the statistics, and now we’re giving them the solution they need to ensure they don’t become one.
“RACQ is asking drivers to set their phone with Bluetooth, maps and music, then switch on their Do Not Disturb while driving function before they hit the road.
“It should become as familiar as putting on your seatbelt.”
Mr Turner said phone technology had caught up to worldwide concern about driving while distracted.
“While we still have maps at our fingertips and can set up our favourite podcast to play, it is also now very easy to set your phone to Do Not Disturb while driving, to remove distraction and temptation,” he said.
“Driving a car is a privilege not a right, and part of that privilege is ensuring you are fit for the job of being behind the wheel, not driving dangerously distracted.
“We want people to recognise the danger they’re putting themselves and loved ones in and make some simple changes to travel safely with their phones.”
For vision of the RACQ advertising campaign ads please click here: https://youtu.be/ix8_LpwQGY8 and https://youtu.be/Jw2rnCIeBnM