Driv­ers get­ting dis­tracted by their mo­bile phones

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

QUEENS­LAND driv­ers are be­ing urged to fo­cus on the road while driv­ing, af­ter it was re­vealed one in four still use their mo­bile phone while at the wheel.

A re­cent sur­vey of 500 Queens­land driv­ers by NRMA Insurance also re­vealed that 90 per cent were tex­ting and read­ing emails, 45 per cent are up­dat­ing their Face­book sta­tus or tweet­ing, over 50 per cent are play­ing games and 75 per cent are tak­ing pho­tos.

NRMA said the re­sults are con­cern­ing that driv­ers are ig­nor­ing safety warn­ing and los­ing fo­cus while be­hind the wheel.

Even if it’s only for a split sec­ond, los­ing fo­cus may cause a driver to have a col­li­sion and en­dan­ger lives of oth­ers on the road.

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