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Joanna Brown with Liam, 3 speaking about driving behaviour. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Joanna Brown with Liam, 3 speaking about driving behaviour. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

SOUTH-WEST residents have a bone to pick with motorists using mobile phones while driving.

A quick Satellite street poll of the most disliked driving behaviours found 80% of people believed inattention topped the list.

Collingwood Park truck driver Daniel Reeves said he "absolutely hates" seeing motorists text while driving.

"Being up high I can see what a lot of people are doing in the cars while driving and I see people texting all the time," he said.

"My blood boils when I see it because they are putting everyone around them at risk."

When it comes to the dangers of inattention, Forest Lake JP Larry Rankin said he learnt his lesson the hard way.

"I was stopped at the traffic lights when my phone rang and I answered," he said.

"I leant down to answer it and I hit the back of the car in front of me.

"It gave me a great shock and I haven't touched the phone while driving since then."

Forest Lake mother-of-two Joanna Brown said she and her two young sons were almost "taken out" by a P-Plater who wasn't paying attention in a shopping centre car park.

"She was a young driver in her school uniform," Mrs Brown said.

"Drivers with less experience who hoon around irritate me the most."

Oxley District Traffic District Sergeant Mick Stevens urged motorists to remember the road rules and be extra careful.

"We want people to pay attention and concentrate on driving and arriving safely," he said.

"People will be travelling a lot more during the break and this is the second busiest period of the year for our roads."

"Inattention is the result of a lot of accidents."

South Eastern Police Regional Traffic Coordinator Inspector Karen Shaw said the message was simple.

"Driving whilst fatigued, speeding, failing to wear a seat belt and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or inattention can kill you, or someone you love. Don't risk it - it is simply not worth it," she said.

"Police in the SER will be using a suite of road safety strategies throughout the school holidays including high visibility traffic operations, mobile and static traffic patrols, speed camera deployments and random breath and drug testing.

"Pedestrians should also consider their own safety and remember that at this time of year there are a higher number of vehicles on our roads than usual."

The state-wide Christmas road safety campaign will run from December 12 to February 4, 2013.

Some Queensland Road Rules:

Driving with a mobile. Driving with a mobile phone in the driver's hand is illegal, even when you are stopped at traffic lights. This includes making and receiving calls. A driver may use a mobile phone if the phone is not in his or her hand and is attached to a hands-free kit, in a cradle or using wireless headset technology.

Changing lanes. When you change lanes you must give way to any vehicle in the lane you are moving to. This is the case even if your lane is ending and you have to cross a lane line.

Roundabouts. It is important to be in the correct lane at multi-lane roundabouts. Signs, lane markings and arrows help you position your vehicle correctly and guide you in the direction you want to go.

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