Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds at 60km/h is the same as driving 33 metres while blindfolded – the equivalent of 27 prams.
That is one of the startling facts being highlighted by the Road Safety Commission’s (RSC) new Distance of Distraction community education campaign.
The State Government aims to educate drivers in Western Australia (WA) on how far their vehicle might travel while they’re distracted by things like changing music on a mobile phone or reaching for something in the glovebox.
In 2018, 29 people died in crashes where WA Police Force found inattention was a factor. The figure is a 70 percent increase in the number of fatalities attributed to inattention compared to the previous five-year average of 17 fatalities.