and 3 demerit points for getting caught using your mobile phone whilst driving.
of all road crash deaths & serious injuries in WA between 2005 and 2007 were a result of distractions.
The State Government’s Driver Distraction Education Campaign aims to build awareness of the significant danger of being distracted whilst driving – particularly through use of a mobile phone device. A most concerning insight is that despite 90% of WA drivers acknowledging the danger of texting while driving, 57%, still irregularly or regularly offend. This campaign talks to this audience.
Using Mobile Phones While Driving
Collectively, a number of studies have shown that using a mobile phone while driving can:
- Impair your ability to maintain the correct lane position.
- Impair your ability to maintain an appropriate and predictable speed.
- Result in longer reaction times to detect and respond to unexpected events.
- Result in missing traffic signals.
- Reduce the functional visual field of view, which in turn, has been shown to be associated with an increase in crash involvement.
- Result in shorter following distances to vehicles in front.
- Result in accepting gaps in traffic streams that are not large enough.
- Increase your mental workload, resulting in higher levels of stress and frustration.
- Encourage you to look straight ahead rather than scanning around the road ahead.
- Reduce your awareness of what is happening around you in time and space.
As a result of these impacts on driving performance, the use of a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of being involved in a crash by up to 4 times.