Sneaky drivers find new ways to flout the law

Courier Mail has reported sly drivers had perfected techniques to shield illegal mobile phone use from police, which had led to a plunge in distracted driving offences in the past five years.

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A Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) spokesperson said while there had been a 40 percent decline in distracted driving offences, the rate of fatal car crashes linked to inattentive motorists continued to climb.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said society’s obsession with mobile phones had created a huge problem on Queensland roads.

“Clearly, mobile phones are a huge safety issue and has become the fastest growing problem we have on the roads,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Not only is it frustrating all the efforts of police and road safety advocates continues to fall on deaf ears, people are actively trying to break the law and find new ways to get away with using a device.”

The DTMR spokesperson told the Courier Mail motorists were going to great lengths to avoid getting caught.

“Research of Queensland drivers has shown strategies such as keeping the phone low — in the lap or on the passenger seat — are used by drivers to avoid detection,” the spokesperson said.

“We are considering new approaches to driver distraction, which we are researching and developing for consideration by government.”

Last year, DTMR recorded 30 fatalities to the end of November that were the result of crashes involving driver distraction, up from just eight in 2012.

In 2017, RACQ launched its Bag a phone, not a body campaign which targeted the issue of driver distraction in Queensland.