Teenage driver distraction will be tackled in an effort to curb road trauma with new funding to make distracted driving uncool.JENNA BISHOP March 28, 2014 5:08am
Stay focused on roads: Shepparton police First Constables Samara Dove and Michael Ibbott will be out to enforce laws involving distracted drivers.
National insurer AAMI has committed funding to research distracted driving, especially among young people.
It hopes to look at making distracted driving, including using a phone while driving, a social stigma and socially unacceptable.
Shepparton police Crime Prevention Office Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said distraction was the cause of a majority of crashes.
‘‘Distractions can be drugs, both illicit and prescription, speeding, talking on the phone, lack of experience, the list just goes on,’’ he said.
Leading Sen Const Gibson said drivers needed to be responsible for driving to conditions and reduce distractions before they get in the car.
‘‘If you can control the distractions before you get in the car, you increase your chances of not being exposed to road trauma,’’ he said.
AAMI research indicated unsafe use of technology while driving was increasing, despite stricter laws and safety campaigns.
‘‘AAMI believes the key to combat the issue of distracted driving among younger drivers is creating a social stigma around it, much like we have with drunk-drivers. When texting and driving becomes socially unacceptable and uncool, we will start to see a change in behavior within this age group,’’ AAMI spokesman Reuben Aitchison said.
‘‘AAMI’s Crash Index research is showing some terrifying behaviours are on the rise.
‘‘More than half of young Aussie drivers have sent or read a text message while driving and more than a quarter have read emails or surfed the Internet while driving.’’
In November last year, tougher penalties were introduced for illegal use of mobile phones and other units that were not driver’s aids.
Penalties are a $433 fine and the loss of four demerit points.
Learners, P1 and P2 plated drivers must not use a phone at all while driving.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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