Gold Coast drivers – put down your mobile phone!
Local motorists have been shamed by RACQ for being the worst in the state when it comes to using mobile phones while driving.
More than 2400 tickets were issued by police in the first half of 2015 for the offence, almost 500 more than the North Brisbane area.
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RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said using a phone while driving is a major cause of accidents in Queensland. “Whether you’re texting, talking on the phone or checking social media while driving, it means you’re not paying attention on the road,” she said. “Most people recognise the dangers of other drivers on their phone, but too often they think the rule doesn’t apply to them.”
So far this year 201 lives have been lost on Queensland roads, 13 more than this time last year.
“It’s about time we woke up to ourselves and realised the safest place for your mobile phone is out of reach,” Ritchie said.
The worst regions for mobile phone use while driving for the first six months of 2015 were:
1.Gold Coast (2424 infringements)
2.North Brisbane (1958)
3.South Brisbane (1796)
4.Sunshine Coast (924)
9.Darling Downs (520)