International research has revealed that using a mobile phone while driving affects your ability as much as having a blood alcohol limit of 0.08%.
International research has revealed that using a mobile phone while driving affects your ability as much as having a blood alcohol limit of 0.08%. Tom Huntley

Not just a cheesey cautionary tale

TEACHING through storytelling is a practice as old as the human race itself, with every culture steeped in fables, myths and parables on how to live long and prosper.

This came to mind recently when my little sister asked what the big deal was about texting while driving.

I launched into the story of how, when I was her age, I crashed into a telephone pole while searching for a missing cheeseburger in my take away order. I'm told that if not for severe termite damage, that pole would've certainly killed me.

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

Admittedly, my cautionary tale is not on a par with the "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", but driver distraction has rightly become a hot motoring topic and was recently added as the fifth "Fatal Five" causes of road deaths.

Eighty-eight per cent of RACQ members believe it is an increasing problem on our roads.

International research has revealed that using a mobile phone while driving affects your ability as much as having a blood alcohol limit of 0.08% - well above the legal limit.

So if drink driving is rightfully regarded by almost all motorists as unacceptable and dangerous behaviour, why is talking on the phone still a common practice?

Texting while driving is even more dangerous, with every second spent texting doubling your chances of crashing, as it dramatically reduces steering control and awareness of hazards.

Driver inattention contributes to about a third of all crashes in Queensland. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel - don't become the cautionary tale.

For more information on driver distraction, visit www.racq.com/driverdistraction.
 



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