Driver distraction a concern for more drivers: RACQ study

THE state's peak motoring body has called on motorists to keep their eyes on the road after research revealed the majority of Queenslanders believed driver distraction was a growing problem.

A recent RACQ survey revealed more than 90% of motorists said it was a bigger issue now than it was five years ago with 40% of those surveyed claiming mobile technology such as smart phones were to blame.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said on Tuesday it was concerning nearly one quarter of members admitted to getting distracted by a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

"Hand-held mobile phone use is unsafe and illegal," she said.

"If you must use your mobile and you do not have hands-free then it is imperative you pull over.

"It is not worth risking your life or the lives of others to answer a phone call or read a text message while driving."

- APN Newsdesk

TOP REASONS GIVEN BY THOSE SURVEYED FOR AN INCREASE IN DRIVER DISTRACTION

  • Mobile technology: 39.7%
  • In-car technology such as GPS: 23.2%
  • Being time poor and stressed: 9.6%
  • Selfish and inconsiderate drivers: 5.2%
  • Speed limit changes and road works zones: 4.9%

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