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Peter Anderson | Oct, 05 2012 | 4 Comments

A survey of RACQ members has found that a significant majority of motorists want "stronger enforcement" of road rules, especially those relating to driver distraction.

Eighty-eight percent of the survey participants said that, thanks to mobile phone use, driver distraction is more of a problem than five years ago.

"Our research shows more than 90 percent of RACQ members want better law enforcement when it comes to the use hand-held phones while behind the wheel," Senior Road Safety Advisor for the RACQ, Joel Tucker said.

It's not just people holding their phones while they're driving. Respondents also reported being distracted by hands-free mobiles, sat-navs and stereos.

Those distracted by legal handsfree phone use made up just under 32 percent, up 30 percent on last year's figures.

Over half said that they were distracted by eating and drinking while of those who are smokers, almost 60 percent said getting their nicotine fix was a problem, up over 30 percent since the last study.

"These results show that driver distraction continues to be a real issue on Queensland roads on a daily basis," Tucker said.

Our members believe a stronger enforcement of the road rules, particularly where hand-held mobile phones are concerned, could help reduce these distractions."

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