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One goodbye could prevent another

In 2018 more than 14,400 Queenslanders were fined for illegally using their mobile phone while driving. As an independent advocate for Queensland motorists, RACQ is taking a stand on the issue of illegal mobile phone use in cars to help educate and change driver behaviour. Our campaign offers a genuine solution for people, so they won’t need to use their phones while driving and remove the temptation.

RACQ, in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) launched a state-wide driver distraction campaign between August 2019 – January 2020 to help change driver behaviours around mobile phone use. ‘Set your phone, then leave it alone’.

Help us reduce the road toll and the use of illegal phone usage in Queensland. We encourage you to ‘Set your phone then leave it alone’ by using the Do Not Disturb While Driving setting on your mobile phone as a reminder that ‘One goodbye (to your phone) could prevent another’ (to your family).

The rules

It is illegal to hold your phone in your hand while driving. This includes to text, talk, call. If you have an open or P2 licence you can use hands-free in a cradle attached to the dash. If you are a learner or P1 drivers under 25 years old, it is illegal to use a phone in any way while driving. This includes using maps, Bluetooth and handsfree. Passengers of these drivers also cannot use phones on loudspeaker.

The penalties

Open licence holders who use their phones illegally while driving will receive a $1,000 fine and four demerit points for the first offence.

For more information about phone rules click here.

Before you drive, set your phone, then leave it alone

How to set your iPhone to Do Not Disturb

SET YOUR MUSIC
AND MAPS

SWIPE
UP

TAP 'DO NOT
DISTURB'

LEAVE YOUR
PHONE ALONE

How to set your Android phone to Do Not Disturb

android step 1

SET YOUR MUSIC
AND MAPS

android step 2

TWO FINGER
SWIPE DOWN

android step 3

TAP 'DO NOT
DISTURB'

android step 4

LEAVE YOUR
PHONE ALONE

Watch the how to video

Here’s a step by step guide on how to set your do not disturb while driving. It’s important to note that you might find some differences in the menu options.

To quickly enable Do Not Disturb go to the Search Bar of either your Android or iPhone device and type in 'Do Not Disturb'. You can ask Siri/Cortana or Google to do this also.

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Queensland Government’s driver distraction campaign

If you use your phone while you're driving, you're as dangerous as a drink driver.

Leave your phone alone.

If you’re using your phone while driving, you’re not focused on the road as you need to be. Your attention is divided. Your reactions are slower.

Leave your phone alone campaign

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