and 3 demerit points using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving.
fatalities in 2016 were a result of inattention (double the previous 5 year average).
Dangers of distracted driving
A distracted driver puts themselves, their passengers and other road users in significant danger. Mobile phones, kids in the back seat, activity on the road side, eating and drinking can all distract a driver. Keep your eyes on the road to ensure the safety of your loved ones and others.
Using mobile phones while driving
Our research has found that 90% of WA drivers know texting while driving is dangerous, 57% still irregularly or regularly offend. The safest option is turn off your mobile phone when you get behind the wheel.
The use of a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of being involved in a crash by up to 4 times, and can:
- Impair your ability to stay in your lane and maintain the appropriate speed.
- Result in longer reaction times to unexpected events and traffic signals.
- Reduce your field of vision increasing the risk of your involvement in a crash.
- Impair your ability to judge distances and gaps in traffic.
- Increase your mental workload, and in turn levels of stress and frustration.
- Reduce your awareness of what is happening around you.
Pre-trip preparation 101
✓ Check your SEATBELT
✓ Check your MIRRORS
✓ Check your PHONE is on SILENT and Out of Sight