More than 90% of motorists still text and drive, NRMA says

DRIVERS still aren't getting the message about texting or using their mobile phone while driving.

According to a recent survey of 500 NSW drivers conducted by the NRMA, 91% of drivers still text and read emails while driving.

It seems the study rings true of Northern Rivers drivers as Richmond Police Highway Patrol Sergeant Dave Carter said texting while driving was a "serious problem" in our area.

Sgt Carter said he was "disappointed" with new figures coming out of the NRMA in relation to mobile phone use on the road.

"It definitely causes serious accidents and it is a common problem in our area," he said.

"If you need to use a mobile phone you should pull over or buy a hands-free."

He said he thought the significant number of those involved in texting while driving was because people think once they've gotten used to a road there is less probability for something unexpected to happen.

"The fact one in five collisions involve a single vehicle driving off a straight road into an embankment, for example, would be consistent with people diverting their focus to their phones while driving."

Mr Lowe said he had noticed a generation of younger drivers coming through his driving school who were less focused on the road than previous generations of students.

"The immediacy of contact on the mobile phone has shown through with younger drivers who appear less focused on the road," he said.

The NRMA survey also found 50% of people updated their status on social media while driving and 76% of people took photos while behind the wheel.

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