Having a mobile phone in hand while driving could cost you $330 and 3 demerit points.
Having a mobile phone in hand while driving could cost you $330 and 3 demerit points. Tom Huntley

Drivers warned to hang up their phones

IT'S one of the "Fatal Five" but Warwick drivers are ignoring the dangers of distracted driving and continue to use their phones behind the wheel.

Officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said the issue was a big problem in the Rose City and had one piece of advice for motorists - "Don't do it".

He said drivers must be pulled off to the side of the road before they touched their iPhones.

"One of the problems is people think if they pull up at a red traffic light, or at a stop sign, they can use their phone and they can't," he said.

"We will see people stopped at the lights and they will use the time to play a game or check their text messages or get on Facebook."

Snr Sgt Day said he had seen accidents as a result of mobile phone use behind the wheel and the risk that came with reading a text was too great.

"People are endangering their safety, the safety of their passengers and other road users because they are distracted," he said.

"They take their eyes off the road, if only for a second, and they veer into oncoming traffic or they go off the road and crash or roll their car."

There is no demographic that is more likely to be busted using their phone while driving but younger drivers were more likely to venture beyond phone calls.

"Young people are more likely to text or use the internet while driving but people of all ages will talk on the phone while behind the wheel," Snr Sgt Day said.



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