Telstra invites you to take a stand against texting while driving through the M8 IT CAN W8 driver safety initiative. The campaign encourages drivers not to send or read texts when they are behind the wheel. If you're a passenger in a car and the driver starts texting, make it very clear... M8 IT CAN W8!
You wouldn’t read the paper while driving, so why drive while talking or texting on your handheld mobile? Not only is it illegal, it’s also extremely dangerous.
It’s surprising how many of us take risks with our mobiles when we’re on the road. Despite warnings, it seems that some people still use their mobile to make or receive calls and even send SMS text messages while driving.
Using handheld mobiles when driving is illegal in every state and territory across Australia, even when stopped at traffic lights. Ignoring the law can get you a hefty fine, so it’s worth remembering a few basic rules.
You must never use your handheld mobile to make or receive calls while driving in your car. Nor should you retrieve, send or read SMS text messages. Before you can legally use a handheld mobile in your car, you must be legally parked in a safe place and have the engine turned off. You are allowed to use a hands-free mobile device while driving but it’s best to avoid distraction by keeping calls to a minimum. You can always let the call go to message bank and return the call once you have arrived safely.
Remember, safety is your most important call. It's not worth putting yourself, pedestrians or other road users at risk for the sake of a telephone conversation.
Safe Driving Tips
- When behind the wheel, never use a handheld phone for calls or texting. It’s unsafe and illegal in every Australian state and territory.
- If your phone rings in the car, you should allow the call to divert to MessageBank~.
- Stop in a safe place and turn off your engine if you need to make a call or retrieve a message. Don’t stop where you could be a hazard to other vehicles or pedestrians.
- Never dial a number, take notes, write down messages or send an SMS while driving. Pull over to a safe spot and tell the caller you will contact them later.
- message retrieval charges may apply