A recent QUT study of nearly 800 QLD drivers found that 77% reported using their mobile phone while driving, with approximately 40% doing so on a daily basis. Using a mobile phone while driving increases your chance of having an accident by 400%. This statistic is even higher in the case of young, inexperienced drivers, especially those on inital or provisional licenses. And despite popular belief to the contrary, hands free phoning does not have a significant safety advantage over handheld phoning. In fact provisional drivers aren’t even allowed to use hands free devices while driving, it is a offense!!
(Source: Centre for for Accident Research & Road Safety – ‘Queensland’s Mobile Phone & Distraction Fact Sheet’)