Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Ditch Phones on the Road; Risky Habit Annoys Other Road Users

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Ditch Phones on the Road; Risky Habit Annoys Other Road Users

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TEXTING and talking on the phone while driving has been named Queensland's most frustrating driving behaviour in a survey released by RACQ.

The use of mobile phones while behind the wheel topped the list of most irritating driving habits by other motorists for the first time since the annual survey began.

RACQ's Lauren Ritchie said more needed to be done to deter motorists from using hand-held mobile phones.

"Mobile phone use while driving is a hard rule for police to monitor and enforce and it may be the reason for this growing problem," Ms Ritchie said.

"As motorists, we need to remember we're all sharing the road."

AG Licensing instructor and former police officer Andrew Gale said the habit was putting other people's lives at risk.

"It's sometimes quite obvious when you're following someone who's doing that, the car starts going all over the road obviously because they're not concentrating on their driving," Mr Gale said.

"We try to teach people not to focus on specific things and instead have a general scan and be aware all the time,

"When you have your mobile phone your concentration is on one thing, and it's just not worth it. …

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