On average 25 people are killed and 1235 seriously injured each year on Queensland road as a result of drivers who were disracted.1
Driving is a task that requires your full attention and the unexpected can happen at any time, so the smallest distraction can be deadly! Driver distraction can cause:
- riskier decision making
- slower reactions
- slower, less controlled braking
- not being alert to surroundings
Let’s put it into perspective…
Even when your eyes are off the road for just two seconds, a vehicle moving at 60 km/h travels more than 33-metres. The average person’s time to react to an event is 1.8 seconds. This means nearly four seconds can pass before the average distracted driver can react to a hazard, increasing their risk of a serious crash. The table below shows the distance a vehicle would travel in two seconds by a driver at the stated speeds.
What are the facts…
- 70% of Queenslanders use their mobile phone illegally in the car 2
- texting is the most common behaviour, with 48% of drivers admitting to texting at traffic and 22% of drivers saying they text while driving 2
- 46% of drivers check email, social media and the internet at traffic lights, and 42% do so while driving 2
Let’s Stay Focused!
- Switch your phone to silent or flight mode as soon as you get behind the wheel.
- Let everyone know you’re driving ‘phone‑free’ and remove pressure to be in contact.
- Phone home before you leave work and check if you need to pick something up on the way home.
- If you’re driving with passengers, designate a ‘texter’ so you can concentrate on driving.
- Pull over and park safely before picking up your phone.
1. Data Analysis, Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD. Fatality data extracted. 27 June 2018 using road casualty statistics 2013-2017.
2. Footprints Market Research. (2018). ‘Understanding Risky Driving Behaviour’. Research undertaken for the Department of Transport and Main Roads and BCM Partnership, Brisbane.