Texting behind the wheel

Distractions happen in a moment. A message, a call or a song can be all it takes to pull our attention away from driving, increasing our chance of crashing by 15-20%. Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds means that at 50km/h you'd travel blind for 27 metres.

Mobile phones and other forms of mobile technology are a growing distraction in cars. Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash when using a mobile phone while driving.

The penalty for using your mobile phone while driving is a $496 fine and 4 demerit points.

If you do need to use your phone, pull over safely or wait until your journey has finished. And always unplug your headphones so you can hear approaching traffic – especially if you're a bike rider or pedestrian.

Find out more tips for keeping safe around traffic as a pedestrian.

We're working to cut down on road sign clutter, so that roadside communications aren't competing with each other and distracting drivers. As part of the Towards Zero Action Plan, we’re also continuing to explore technology and apps that can help reduce distractions while driving, such as the Road Mode app which automatically responds to calls for you.

Find out how we’re targeting other road safety issues.