Have you heard of the Fatal Five? If not, now is the time to get serious! According to the Queensland Police Department the Fatal Five are the biggest causes of accidents and deaths on the road.
It is important to be aware of these factors and keep them in mind when you are behind the wheel. Queensland's Fatal Four were identified to help educate drivers on the main causes of fatal crashes - speeding, driving under the influence, no seatbelt and fatigue. An increase in the rates of distracted driving has forced a new addition, creating the Fatal Five.
The rise of mobile phone use has caused distracted driving stats to rise significantly. Mobile phone use has progressed from calling or texting to a range of other common behaviours linked to the internet capabilities of smart phones. Facebook, email, gaming and numerous other apps have all contributed.
In Queensland all drivers are banned from using a mobile phone that is held in the hand while driving. If you're under 25, you can't use a mobile phone of any type at any time - hands-free, wireless headsets and speaker phones included. You must park your car safely before making or taking a call - even texting! Consequences are serious - if you are found using a mobile phone while driving, you may be given a fine and 3 demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. Double demerit points will apply for subsequent offences committed within one year of an earlier offence.
As a learner driver, if you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months. If you are under 25, everybody who travels with you in your car can not use a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving. Let them know about this fact and remember the key word in driving is - responsibility!
See this link for more information on Queensland's mobile phone usage laws: Rules for learner driving