Inattentive drivers on police radar

Inattentive drivers to feature in the list of offenders that police will target over the holiday period

December 11, 2012

Inattentive motorists in Queensland will face police scrutiny over the holiday period, after the state’s police minister blamed driver distraction for contributing to road accidents.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey says the ‘fatal four’ causes of accidents police usually focus on will be expanded to the ‘fatal five’ to include inattention.

Speeding, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving while fatigued make up the rest of the ‘fatal five’.

"Too many Queensland drivers are being distracted while on the road by things like using a mobile phone, complex sound systems, on-board DVD and satellite navigation," Dempsey says.

"Between January 1, 2010 and July 31, 2012 more than 96,000 driver distraction offences were recorded in Queensland."

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says officers will be out in force over the Christmas holiday period.

"Over this period, police will be deployed across the state and will use covert and marked mobile speed cameras, marked and unmarked police patrols, fixed speed cameras, hand-held speed detection devices and the automatic number plate recognition system," he says.

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