Fleet Managers and people that drive company vehicles for work generally know the risks of using a phone while driving. So we need to help educate other members of the public where we can.
In QLD, the Government is putting out the call for technology that prevents drivers from using mobile phones. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey is looking for vendors to come forward with technology-based solutions to address the problem.
“It is shocking that two thirds of Queenslanders admit to illegally using their phones while driving, and that is behaviour that contributes to crashes.” Mr Bailey said.
“We are investigating and assessing how technology can prevent people from using their mobile phones, tablets, smart watches or other devices while driving.
“If you have a viable solution, we want to hear from you through our Request For Information (RFI) process.
The RFI is looking for software, hybrid, sensory and external enforcement solutions along with other feasible technology to help solve this serious problem.”
Mr Bailey said an increase in fatal crashes involving driver distraction had created the need for new ideas and ways of thinking.
“The investigation of technological solutions is just one part of the government’s efforts in tackling this high-risk activity,” Mr Bailey said.
“Transport and Main Roads is engaging stakeholders who can play a role in solving driver distraction. These include technology companies, automotive manufacturers, telecommunications companies, mobile device manufacturers and insurance providers.
“Only by working together can we develop new and innovative solutions to make our roads safer.”
The current penalty for using a phone while driving is three demerit points and a $391 fine for the first offence and double demerit points for a second offence,” Mr Bailey said.
“We will strengthen them if necessary to make sure the message gets through.”
The outcome from these efforts will support the QLD Government’s current approach to addressing illegal mobile phone use, which includes the popular social media campaign ‘Chin Up’, made by young people for young people to raise awareness of the dangers associated with illegal mobile phone use.
“Technology can one day solve this issue completely but in the meantime anything that raises awareness of the risks of driving distracted and encourages people to change their behaviour is to be welcomed.
“I would encourage people to view the Chin-Up videos online and take the message on-board.”
To view the Chin-Up online campaign follow this link https://streetsmarts.initiatives.qld.gov.au/young-drivers/chin-up