TIME FOR CHANGE: Mackay Police District Acting Superintendent Andy Graham has called out to drivers to change their attitudes.
TIME FOR CHANGE: Mackay Police District Acting Superintendent Andy Graham has called out to drivers to change their attitudes. Tony Martin

Is answering the phone worth killing someone?

IF YOU knew beforehand that using your mobile while driving would result in the death of another person, would you still answer the phone if it rang?

Acting Superintendent Andy Graham said driver inattention was one of the biggest killers on the Mackay district roads.

However, last week 22 people were caught using their mobile phones while driving, he said.

"It's as if they don't care. The most important thing to them is answering that phone call," Act Supt Graham said.

"Really the most important thing (should be) how to be a safe driver."

Act Supt Graham said Mackay motorists needed to change their attitude about the Fatal Five - speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, driving while fatigued and driver inattention.

"We're still seeing people not wearing seatbelts," he said. Police intercepted 12 drivers last week who were not strapped in, while there were also 19 drink-drivers charged in the district.

And since the start of the year police have detected 61 drug-drivers on Mackay roads, Act Supt Graham said.

"That's the sort of dismaying statistics that we come up with," he said.

"That's really frightening to think that there are so many people in charge of vehicles whilst under the influence of a drug."

And police were beyond frustrated.

"Until we change community perceptions and attitudes, these statistics and deaths on our roads will continue," Act Supt Graham said.

"If we had 11 murders in six months would you feel safe... (well) we've had 11 deaths on our roads. That's six more than the (same) period last year."


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