3 myths busted about using your phone while driving

Nearly 10 years after the launch of the first smartphone, mobile phone ownership is at its highest level ever.

Consumers are inseparable from their devices, so much so drivers appear unable to switch off from using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

As a part of RACQ’s Bag a phone, not a body campaign, the Club is striving to change people’s attitudes towards using mobile phones in the car and highlight just how dangerous the activity is.

Myth 1 – I only text at red traffic lights. I’m not driving so it’s fine.

Fact: Driving while using a mobile phone held in your hand is illegal in Queensland—even if you’re stopped in traffic.

This means you can’t:

  • hold the phone next to or near your ear with your hand
  • write, send or read a text message
  • turn your phone on or off
  • operate any other function on your phone.

Myth 2 – My phone is in a cradle when I text. If it’s not in my hands it’s not illegal.

Fact: Although your phone may be in a cradle and not in your hand, if you’re texting you are still using a mobile and distracted from driving. You could be charged in Queensland for not paying due care and attention to driving, or driving without reasonable consideration rather than a mobile phone use while driving offence.

Myth 3 – I only ever use my phone for GPS.

Fact: You can’t use any function on your phone while driving if you’re holding it in your hand in Queensland.  This includes navigation and other apps.  You should only be operating your phone while you’re safely parked, meaning your vehicle is in park and the handbrake is on.

You can see all current Queensland road rules here.