In a statement released today, the organisation said the problem of motorists using their mobile phones behind the wheel is akin to that of drink driving 20 years ago.
“Distracted driving, particularly talking or texting on a mobile, is fast becoming number one in the Fatal Five for killing Queenslanders,” RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said.
“It’s time for some motorists to stop thinking that using handheld mobile phones won’t impact their driving. The reality is, by using them they’re taking a deadly risk.”
She said that motorists continue to ignore campaigns and penalties designed to curb mobile phone use - but tough new laws are coming for Queensland that could finally tip the balance.
From September, motorists caught using their mobile phone twice in one year while driving will be whacked with a six demerit-point penalty on the second occasion, along with a fine of $340.
For first-time offenders, the penalty remains unchanged at three points and $353.
By comparison, motorists guilty of the same offence in New South Wales face a three point and $319 penalty, while Victorians are hit with four points and a $443 lightening of the wallet.