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A quarter of Queenslanders still drive while on the phone

ALMOST a quarter of Queensland drivers continue to use their mobile phones while at the wheel, including using social media and taking photos.

An NRMA Insurance survey of 500 Queensland motorists found the practice of driving and using phones - despite the known dangers and threat of big fines - was widespread.

Of the 24% of respondents who admitted to using their phones while driving, 90% were texting and reading emails, 75% were taking photos, 52% were playing games, 45% were updating their Facebook status and tweeting and 18% were posting photos on Instagram.

Queensland drivers face fines of up to $330 and the loss of three demerit points if caught using their phones while driving.

NRMA Insurance spokeswoman Tracy Woodley said the figures were concerning, particularly around the use of social media.

"We understand everyone leads busy lives and social media is handy to stay connected with friends and family, however drivers shouldn't risk the worst happening for the sake of a status update, tweet or photo post," Ms Woodley said.

"If drivers need to make a call, send a text or connect with their friends and loved ones online, we suggest they pull over in a safe place before using their phone."

The results of the NRMA survey were similar to a QUT poll of 800 people last year.

It found 77% reported using their mobile phone for any purpose while driving. A quarter admitted to driving and using their hand-held mobile phones on a daily basis to make calls and read text messages, while 14% said they sent text messages on a daily basis while behind the wheel.Killer mobiles

  • 90% text and read emails.
  • 75% take photos.
  • 52% play games.
  • 45% update Facebook status and tweeting.
  • 18% post photos on Instagram.

Topics:  driving offence, mobile phones, nrma insurance, queensland police, research


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