Misty Bland lost almost $1000 to fraudsters when she responded to what looked like a genuine Facebook security notification.
Misty Bland lost almost $1000 to fraudsters when she responded to what looked like a genuine Facebook security notification. Peter Holt

Ditch the distraction and focus

PUT your phone away and give the road your full attention.

That's the message from police on the first day of Queensland Road Safety Week.

Bundaberg district crime prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said distractions and inattention was today's focus.

"Driving is a task that really requires all of your attention in order to be safe,” she said.

"Using a mobile phone when driving, especially when people are texting, is highly distracting and it increases the time that people's eyes are actually off the road.

"This can lead to drivers making incorrect lane changes, it could also mean that they're travelling at inconsistent speeds... missing road signs or even hazards like pedestrians, cyclists and dropped road edges.

"It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while you're riding or driving a vehicle. We're asking everyone to be smart and take action against distractions. Before driving let your friends or family know that you're going to be phone free. Put that phone away in the glove box.”



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