Priorities - Distractions

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Road Safety Commission’s Driver Distraction Education Campaign aims to build awareness of the significant danger of being distracted whilst driving – particularly through use of a mobile phone device.

Driver distraction is the diversion of attention away from driving toward a competing activity. It has been identified as an emerging road safety issue and is ranked by road safety authorities around the world as a significant contributing factor to road trauma.

While there are numerous causes for driver distraction, ‘use of a mobile phone whilst driving’ and ‘use of a television in a vehicle that is visible to the driver’ are illegal offences in WA resulting in a $400 fine and 3 demerit points.

A most concerning insight is that despite 90% of WA drivers acknowledging the danger of texting while driving, 57%, still irregularly or regularly offend. This campaign talks to this audience.

Two Seconds on Your Phone is 33 Metres Driving Blind.

Key messages

  • Looking at your phone behind the wheel is like driving blind.
  • Don’t text behind the wheel.
  • If you text behind the wheel it could cost you $400 and 3 demerits.

Dangers of distracted driving on display

10 May 2017

A harsh reminder of the dangers of distracted driving will be on display around Perth during National Road Safety Week, May 8-14 2017.

 

A harsh reminder of the dangers of distracted driving will be on display around Perth during National Road Safety Week, May 8-14 2017.

Road Safety Commission research has found that while 90% of WA drivers know that it’s wrong to use a mobile phone in the car, 57% continue to do so.

“In WA, it seems drivers have a compulsion to check their text messages while behind the wheel putting other road users at risk,” said Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia.

But smartphone apps such as maps and social media sites also provide a distraction for drivers.

“If you take your eyes off the road for two seconds at 60kmh, it’s like driving blind for 33 metres, and you don’t see risk coming, nor do you have the opportunity to respond, until all too often it’s too late.”

The Distracted Driver Display can be seen in the following locations around Perth, during National Road Safety Week:

  • Langley Park – Wednesday May 10
  • Fremantle Markets – Thursday May 11
  • Perth Cultural Centre – Friday May 12
  • Lakeside Joondalup – Saturday May 13
  • Forrest Place – Saturday May 13
  • Armadale Shopping City – Sunday May 14
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