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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Safety is your most important call Dr iving and using a hands-free mobile phone is not risk-free, however, by adhering to existing laws and adopting commonsense practices, the risks can be reduced to allow drivers to use mobiles in a safe and responsible manner. Drivers face a range of risks while behind the wheel – not just mobile phones. The latest research from the United States using sophisticated in-car cameras has found that talking and listening on mobiles has only a 1.3 times greater risk of a crash or near crash than non-distracted driving. Target highest risk behaviour This compares to handling a CD (2.3 times), eating (1.6 times), reaching for an object (1.4 times), applying make-up (3.1 times) and text messaging (23.2 times). It is important to note that drivers face a greater risk of a crash or near crash when dialling a mobile phone (2.8 times). Text messaging, which has the highest risk factor of a 23 times greater risk of a crash or near crash, is clearly highly dangerous, illegal and an unacceptable practice for drivers. Awareness of new national road rules Drivers should be aware of new national road r ules requiring drivers to use their mobiles in approved cradles to help ensure that the risk of reaching for mobiles in cars is reduced. Use of a cradle or holder also helps ensure that drivers’ eyes are looking for ward over the roadway, reducing the risks of taking their eyes off the road. Drivers can only use a wired or wireless hands-free device or a phone mounted in a cradle to make voice calls only. Use mobiles’ safety features Drivers should use their mobiles’ safety features to reduce the effort and distraction in making calls. They should use their handsets’ voice-activated or one-button dialling and technological solutions to reduce r isks of taking their eyes off the road when receiving and making calls. The US dr iving r isk figures found negligible r isk (1.3 times) for drivers talking and listening on mobiles, however, that risk increased to 2.8 times of being involved in a safety cr itical event when taking their eyes off the road to dial a number. Smartphones do not require drivers to take their eyes off the road to dial. Use voice-activation features and keep your eyes on the road. Legal mobile use not appropriate at all times Legal hands-free use is not appropriate for drivers in all road and traffic situations. Do not call in heavy traffic, poor road conditions or bad weather. Even if traffic conditions are light, always tell the person you are speaking to that you are driving and may have to end the call if traffic conditions change. If a call becomes complex or emotional suspend the call. Simple clear steps It is important that drivers have access to clear information to make them aware of safety infor mation about mobile use and they understand and follow current dr iving laws. Chris Althaus Chief Executive Officer Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association Drivers can view safe driving tips from the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association at www.amta.org.au Life on the move 22 June / July 2011 PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845
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