Wake up message for teens, young adults
THE RACQ has released the results of research into the prevalence of driver inattention among high school students - the results are difficult to miss.
A staggering 85 per cent of high school students admitted to being a distracting passenger, prompting the State's peak motoring body to issue a wake-up message to teens.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the research, conducted as part of the Club's award-winning education program 'Docudrama', highlighted the alarming issue among young adults.
"It might seem harmless to dance along to a song on the radio, offer some food to the driver or hold up your phone to show a photo - but for the driver to look away for even two seconds when driving at 60 km/h, he or she can travel up to 33 metres completely blind.
"Sadly young drivers, particularly males 17-24 year old, are in the highest risk age group for fatalities."