Aussies love talking on mobiles while driving!

December 19th, 2007 - 5:36 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Dec 19 (ANI): Most Aussies cheerfully ignore the hazards of driving while chatting on the phone, for they feel that its the perfect time to catch up with their pals or do business.

The finding was based on a survey conducted by Shari Walsh, a PhD researcher, from Queensland University of Technology’s school of psychology and counselling, who reviewed 800 people at various times at a travel centre service station south of Brisbane.

The study found that a total of 40 per cent admitted to using their phone at least once a day while driving and 46 per cent confessed to answering the phone while driving.

Thirty-six per cent of drivers said that they often dialled when behind the wheel, and other 33 per cent said that they read text messages.

Astonishingly, an eighteen per cent said that they actually sent text messages while driving.

The survey found that the people in the age-group of 17 and 25 years were among the worst offenders.

However, they tended to use their mobiles while they stopped at traffic lights or stuck in traffic, rather than changing lanes at 100km/h.

Older drivers tended to use their mobiles for work.

“We found that business people were more likely to use their phone than people driving for personal use,” quoted Walsh, as saying.

“The most commonly reported reason for people using their phone while driving was that they thought it was an effective way to use their phone, so they are using their time in the car that they believe would otherwise be unoccupied,” she said.

“So it’s not just that they feel disconnected but more about the fact that people think it’s important to use their time and to hear what’s going on, she added.

The study was funded by the Federal Government’s Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). (ANI)

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