Drivers, pay attention this WA Day weekend
01 Jun 2017
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has urged drivers to remain focused on the road as West Australians make their way around the state during the WA Day long weekend.
In 2016, there were 27 fatal crashes involving distractions as a cause, and the cost of these crashes to the WA community was more than $212 million.
“The message is clear, that distraction behind the wheel is a risk to yourself, your passengers and other road users,” said Mr Papalia.
Plan your journey, keep your eyes on the road, turn off the phone and plan entertainment for the kids to ensure you arrive safely at your destination.
RSC research has found that even though 90% of WA drivers agree that it’s not ok to text behind the wheel, 57% of those respondents still use their phone while driving.
“If you’re one of those people who feel compelled to reach for the phone when you hear the chime, just turn it off, put it on silent or lock it in the boot,” said Mr Papalia.
“Your family and friends will understand that your response is delayed because you are being safe and you are keeping others safe on the roads.”
Double demerit points come into force at midnight Thursday June 1 until midnight Monday June 5,which means that illegally using a mobile phone is worth six demerit points and a $400 fine.
Your family and friends will understand that your response is delayed because you are being safe and you are keeping others safe on the roads.
Touching a mobile phone is only allowed if it is secured in a mounting and is only to receive and terminate a phone call. If the phone is not secured, a hands-free kit should be used. GPS can be used if no touch is required.
Mobile phone offences while driving (even if stationary) include:
- Phone calls,
- Looking at or sending a text message,
- Video messages,
- Emails while driving.
“Last week, a Perth driver told WA Police that they missed the lights at a busy intersection change to yellow because they were on the phone,” said Mr Papalia.
The actions of that driver could have had a tragic outcome on the road, and on a double demerit weekend, that driver could have lost their licence and in turn their livelihood.