Music, eating and pets can be dangerous

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THIS month ACT police are targeting driver distraction, which will focus on actions such as changing music or air-conditioning, eating or drinking, and managing children, passengers or pets in the car. 

The most common offence related to driver distraction in the ACT is mobile phone use. Police have issued over 1200 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and cautions for mobile phones use, so far this year (January – August).

Officer in charge of Traffic Operations, acting station sergeant Marcus Boorman says driver distractions continue to be a significant contributing factor to serious motor vehicle collisions.

“The message has been out for some time, its common sense, if you take your eyes of the road anything can happen,” he says.

“While texting your eyes are off the road and you’re not in proper control of your vehicle. We see too many collisions caused by driver distraction that are, to be quite honest, easily avoidable.

“We’re urging all motorists to plan their drive before they get in the vehicle so they can pay full attention to the road.”

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