Bracketron is committed to the principles that safety is paramount and a driver’s highest priority must be safe control of their vehicle at all times. We support state and territory legislation imposing limits on the use of in-vehicle electronics to ensure driver safety.
To that end, we have developed a line of innovative products that, when used appropriately, promote smart driving habits by giving users a safe, convenient location to mount their device so they can keep their focus on the road.
The law about mobile phones, technology and driving
In all Australian states and territories, it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving, even if you rest it on your lap. This includes talking, texting, playing games, taking photos or videos, and using any other function on your phone. Using a hand-held mobile phone is also illegal when your vehicle is stationary but not parked, such as when you are stopped in traffic or at traffic lights.
In addition, you are also required to have your mobile phone completely hands-free or mounted in a dock, mount or cradle affixed to your car if you want to talk on the phone while driving. Learner, P1 and P2 drivers may not be permitted to use a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving.
Every state and territory has specific laws for the use of mobile phones and technology whilst driving. We recommend you check these laws and how they apply to you. Visit keepyoureyesontheroad.org.au.
Stats and facts
- Seven in ten (69.6%) licensed drivers, when asked to compare the safety effects of holding a phone versus talking on a hands-free device, said the hands-free option was somewhat or much safer (Table 10) — 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index AAA
- Only a third (36.3%) reported finding hands-free device use by drivers unacceptable (somewhat or completely), and only one in five (21.1%) perceived social disapproval of this behaviour from others in their community — 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index AAA
- Consistent with these attitudes, there is less general support from the public for laws and regulations that would restrict the use of hands-free technologies, as opposed to hand-held ones, behind the wheel. For example, whereas seven in ten licensed drivers (69.4%) support a law banning hand-held phone use by all drivers, more than half (53%) oppose a law that would universally ban all types of cell phones (including hands-free) (Tables 13 and 14). Essentially the same percentage (52.8%) also opposes having the federal government regulate non-driving-related technologies in vehicles to ensure they don’t distract drivers — 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index AAA
- The Virginia Tech distracted-driving study showed talking on a phone to slightly increase chances of a crash, but didn’t make any distinction between Bluetooth headsets and in-car kits, and saved the alarming statistics for dialling a phone, texting, and emailing.
- “But slapping down a ban on all conversations just goes too far. It’s unenforceable, impractical, and even seems to contradict itself. Rather than stamping out all phone use, the NTSB and the industry should work to make texting and e-mailing on the road impossible.” — PCMag
- About 99% of 2012 vehicles had standard or optional Bluetooth connectivity for phones and cars, and most of those — and many navigation systems — have voice controls, says car-buying site Edmunds.
- The Highway Loss Data Institute’s research indicates that car collision rates didn’t change after cell phone bans went into effect–and they didn’t change for nearby states without such bans, either.
- Using a cellphone while driving may be distracting, but it does not lead to higher crash risk in the setting we examined,” Carnegie Mellon social and decision sciences Professor Saurabh Bhargava said — Carnegie Mellon University cell phone study
- When researchers installed cameras in the cars of 12 families over a three-week period, they found talking on the phone only accounted for one percent of distractions. Distractions from children, meanwhile, accounted for 12 percent of all distractions — Monash University Accident Research Center Study