Mo­bile phone use among hated habits

North West Telegraph - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Ma­ture-aged re­gional driv­ers are more likely to lose their tem­per over see­ing fel­low road users on their phones than they would be­ing stuck be­hind lane-hog­gers or slow driv­ers.

Sta­tis­tics com­piled by Seven West Me­dia’s Driv­ers’ Voice re­vealed nearly one-third of re­spon­dents above the age of 55 in re­gional WA rated mo­bile phone use as the No.1 fac­tor likely to make them lose their tem­per, and 80 per cent placed it in the top five.

Driv­ers aged be­tween 17 and 24 were half as likely to be an­gered by other driv­ers us­ing mo­bile phones as those aged over 55.

Among re­gional 55 to 64-yearolds 69 per cent rated mo­bile phone use as one of the three big­gest safety is­sues on our roads, com­pared to 49 per cent of 17 to 24-year-olds.

Act­ing WA Road Safety Com­mis­sioner Teresa Wil­liams said the sur­vey showed many young driv­ers still be­lieved be­ing con­nected to their world was more de­sir­able than safety.

“There isn’t a phone call, a text, a so­cial me­dia post that can’t wait un­til you’ve reached your des­ti­na­tion and you’re out of your ve­hi­cle,” she said.

About 63 per cent of driv­ers in re­gional WA ad­mit­ted to us­ing their mo­bile phone while driv­ing, with 7 per cent de­scrib­ing them­selves as fre­quent users.

The main cul­prit was use of nav­i­ga­tion aids such as Google Maps, but about 20 per cent of driv­ers ad­mit­ted to text mes­sag­ing, phone calls and choos­ing mu­sic.

Re­gional driv­ers fared slightly bet­ter than their metro coun­ter­parts, where 69 per cent said they used their phone be­hind the wheel.

About 40 per cent of re­gional driv­ers sup­ported a ban on all calls into and out of cars, com­pared with 33 per cent of metro driv­ers.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

In re­gional WA 63 per cent of driv­ers have ad­mit­ted to us­ing their mo­bile phones.

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