Driving 101: Stop taking selfies while behind the wheel

THE State's peak motoring body has warned against the dangerous act of driver selfies after research found almost half of young drivers surveyed admitted to using their mobile phones while driving.

RACQ research found more than 49 percent of drivers surveyed between 16 - 24 years old confessed to using their phones while behind the wheel, which included texting, calling, checking social media and taking selfies.

RACQ's Lauren Ritchie said the dangerous selfie trend wouldn't just cost you a hefty fine but potentially your life.

"Any distraction while on the road is dangerous, particularly for inexperienced drivers, and especially if you are taking time to snap a driver selfie," Ms Ritchie said.

"You're also breaking the law and capturing the evidence before posting it on the internet for the world to see. It's nothing short of stupid."

Ms Ritchie said recent research has found a photo could distract a driver for up to 14 seconds, enough for a car travelling at 100kmh/h to cover the length of more than three football fields.

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"There's a reason the Fatal Five includes distraction as one of the major causes of death on Queensland roads," she said.

Ms Ritchie said drivers caught using their mobile phones in Queensland risked a $341 fine and 3 demerit points.

"Many drivers are unaware it is illegal to use a phone whether it's in your lap, away from your ear - or simply holding it, even if a call is not being made," she said.

"The safest way to avoid the temptation of using your phone is to put it in the backseat or even the boot of your car. No text message or selfie is more important than your life or the life of others on the road."


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