An Australian road safety plan draft released by the Standing Committee on Transport in the federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has debated a total ban on mobile phone use by drivers, at some undefined point.
The suggestion, seized on by the Sydney Morning Herald as “States urged to impose total ban on mobile phone use in cars”.
The report identifies speeding, drink driving, drug driving, not wearing seat belts and exhaustion as the main causes of deaths and serious injuries to Australian drivers.
Mobile phone use is sub-category of driver distraction, not even listed a top-five danger, along with the propagation of sat-navs, onboard DVDs, complex sound systems, climate control, and extreme deployment of audio and visual signals for all aspects of vehicle operation.
The total ban on use (including hands-free use) is listed as an object to be reached by 2020. The road safety report notes that all states have by now tightened rules surrounding in-car mobile phone use.