Irresponsible and illegal use of mobile phones while driving – such as reading and writing text messages - can result in serious accidents and even fatalities.

Any death on the road as a result of irresponsible mobile phone use is a tragedy and thankfully real life accident data indicates that mobile phone use does not contribute significantly to the road toll.

In fact research from Australia and overseas indicates that mobile phone use contributes to only around 0.1 per cent of all crashes and they are more likely to be a minor, rear-end collisions.

Also, due to the major road safety initiatives in Australia - such as laws to enforce seatbelt wearing, random breath testing and 50km speed limits in residential areas - road fatalities have continued to decline despite the rapid increase in mobile phone ownership over the last 20 years.

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