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The "settings are designed to block incoming calls, texts and notifications while you're driving. Tom Huntley GLADV061212PHON

Do not disturb: a phone lifesaver

I WRITE to draw the Sunshine Coast community's attention to recent technological advances that have the potential to save lives on our roads: the "do not disturb while driving" or "auto reply" function on smartphones that are designed to block incoming calls, texts and notifications while you're driving.

As a road safety advocate, I often see people's lives catastrophically changed in an instant as a result of distracted driving.

Queensland Government statistics reveal that people using phones and other mobile devices while driving are four times more likely to crash.

Already this year, we have seen 115 people die on Queensland's roads - two more than at the same point last year. Sadly these accidents are often preventable.

Safety measures such as the "do not disturb" function on smart phones are an important step in reducing road fatalities, however prevention is always key to making sure we all arrive home safely at the end of every day.

I urge those in the Sunshine Coast region to use these smartphone functions before they get behind the wheel - it might save a life.

ANDREW McKENZIE

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Maroochydore

 

Do you think an app that blocks calls/texts when the GPS moves at a certain speed is a good idea?

This poll ended on 20 July 2017.

Current Results

Yes! Anything to cut down the road toll

89%

No - what if there is an emergency and your phone doesn't ring? You can always pull over.

2%

This is just over-regulation, people should be able to make their own choices

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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