The number of Queensland drivers willing to risk their lives for a text message has been revealed, and the results just may shock you.
According to the alarming new figures released by RACQ today, more than 40 percent of motorists have admitted to texting while driving, an increase by nearly 12 percent.
The data was part of the Club’s Annual Road Safety Survey, which was released to coincide with the first day of Queensland Road Safety Week.
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RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said distracted driving is the fastest growing problem we have on Queensland roads
“It’s disturbing to note how many people are admitting to participating in the dangerous activity ,” Ms Ritchie said.
“There are three different types of distraction – cognitive, physical and visual – and texting while driving encompasses all of these. Your mind is off the task, your hands are off the
wheel and your eyes are off the road.
“You’re four times more likely to have a crash if you’re driving and using your phone.”
Ms Ritchie said research also revealed drivers were using their phones to make calls, use GPS, play music and even check social media.
“We’re a society obsessed with our devices and it’s an addiction that’s killing us,” she said.
Motorists are being urged to take a couple of minutes before they head off to set up their phone, then switch it to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
“The simple action of selecting a setting on your phone only takes a moment, but could save a life,” Ms Ritchie said.