National Road Safety Week | 15–22 November - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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National Road Safety Week | 15–22 November

16 Nov 2020

Did you know young drivers represent around 14% of Queensland’s licence holders but are involved in around 25% of road deaths?

Short-lived actions can have long lasting impacts, especially on the road. This National Road Safety Week, we’re asking you to check in on your driving habits and make lasting changes to these statistics. Good driving habits are easier to build from the start and will help you arrive at your destination safely.

Using your mobile phone for any reason while driving or even whilst waiting for the lights, can cost you 4 demerit points and a $1000 fine – that is almost equivalent to upgrading to a new phone! Double demerit points apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within one year after an earlier offence.

Follow these simple tips and keep your good driving habits:

  1. Before you get behind the wheel, set a track list or look at directions so you don’t need to touch your phone.
  2. Switch your phone to silent or flight mode and put it somewhere out of sight.
  3. If you’re driving with passengers, designate a ‘texter’ so you can stay focused on the road.
  4. If you really need to make a call, pull over and park safely before picking up your phone.

Make a commitment to driving safely on the roads this National Road Safety Week, take the pledge for road safety. Encourage your family and friends to take the pledge as well and support the daily themes for road safety.

Find out more about National Road Safety Week and how you can be involved.