Government to fund research into mobile use while driving and drug-driving
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The Federal Government recently announced a new research plan to investigate mobile phone distraction whilst driving and also the use of drugs whilst driving. The aim of the research is to gain a better understanding on the impact mobile distraction and drug driving have on road safety.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP recently met with state and territory road safety ministers as well as senior police and found that both drug-driving and mobile phone distraction whilst driving were areas that needed to be prioritised. “Investing in road upgrades, installing speed signs, and improving vehicle safety help address the number of road deaths and injuries, but we need to continue building our understanding of road safety issues,” Mr Chester said.

Research into mobile phone use while driving will include reviewing data on the contribution of mobile phone distraction to fatal and serious injury crashes. This will be assisted by state and territory governments as well as telecommunications companies. "It is a hard one to properly research because people aren't necessarily going to admit they were using their phone if they run off the road." Chester said

The research will also look into the current methods used to address the risks involved with mobile phone use while driving and considering new approaches to help road users reduce the risk of mobile phone use. As well as reviewing current regulatory and law enforcement practices regarding the use of mobile phones and devices whilst driving.

There were 1,240 fatalities on Australian roads in the past year ending in March 2017. The Government aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads by 30 per cent by 2020. The recent budget announcement by the Federal Government in May included over $100,000 to be allocated to a national inquiry into the use of mobile phones and drugs while driving.

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:31

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