Know the distance of distraction
Imagine driving your car blindfolded. It’s not something you would ever do. It’s dangerous and puts lives at risk.
But changing music on a mobile phone or reaching for something in the glovebox means your eyes are no longer on the road ahead.
Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds at 60km/h, is the same as driving 33 metres while blindfolded. That’s 27 prams.
If you’re distracted and your eyes are off the road for two seconds at 100km/h, you’ll be driving blindfolded for 55 metres. That’s 36 fruit stalls.
That’s the distance of distraction.
In 2018, 29 people died in crashes where WA Police Force found inattention was a factor.
That’s a 70 per cent increase in the number of fatalities attributed to inattention compared to the previous five year average of 17 fatalities.
The State Government aims to educate distracted drivers about the distance their vehicle travels while their eyes are not on the road ahead through the Distance of Distraction community education campaign.
For more information, visit the Road Safety Commission