Dubbo Photo News - - News - Com­ment by TIM PANKHURST MANAG­ING ED­I­TOR

IN case you missed it, the NRMA has pro­vided some chill­ing statis­tics on the scourge of mo­bile phone use while driv­ing. The num­ber of peo­ple caught us­ing their phones il­le­gally has in­creased al­most 20 per cent in four years.

“If this be­hav­iour doesn’t stop, the NRMA fears il­le­gal phone use will be­come the next speed­ing or drink driv­ing risk on our roads,” they said.

42,000 peo­ple were fined in the 12 months to June this year, and sadly it’s very likely that num­ber will in­crease. New cam­era tech­nol­ogy be­ing rolled out will likely catch a lot more peo­ple and re­veal that the prob­lem is even worse than we think.

You’re at least four times more likely to crash when you’re us­ing your mo­bile phone il­le­gally.

It’s not worth it.

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