Distracted drivers not getting the message

RACQ has slammed distracted drivers for putting lives at risk, after alarming new figures revealed $1.3 million worth of fines had been handed out for mobile phone use in the past two months.

Brisbane Times reported police had caught 1295 drivers using their phone while driving since the new $1000 fines came in on 1 February.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said it was disappointing drivers were still not getting the message.

“On average 15 Queensland drivers a day are being caught using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel, this isn’t good enough,” Ms Smith said.

Distracted driving is the fastest growing problem on our roads, and we know you’re four times more likely to have a crash if you’re driving and using a phone.

“Right now we’re seeing fewer cars on the roads because of coronavirus, and yet the state's road toll is higher than this time last year. Every life lost on our roads is tragedy, and we all need to do our part to bring the road toll down.”

Ms Smith urged motorists to take away the temptation by setting their phone to “Do Not Disturb” mode before driving. 

“We know people still want to use their phone for functions like music and navigation, so please take a couple of minutes to set up your phone then leave it alone.  It’s a simple action which could save a life.”