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Texting while driving on the rise: study

By AAP Newswire

More than 40 per cent of motorists who admitted to using their phones while driving are sending text messages, says motoring body RACQ.

The figure is an increase of 12 per cent on last year, according to the study which means more Queensland drivers are willing to risk their lives while driving.

The RACQ's Lauren Ritchie says the growing addiction to mobile phones was a worrying trend because using them behind the wheel took the eyes and minds of drivers off the road.

"You're four times more likely to have a crash if you're driving and using your phone," Ms Ritchie said ahead of Queensland Road Safety Week beginning on Monday.

"We're a society obsessed with our devices and it's an addiction that's killing us," she said.

Ms Ritchie said research also revealed drivers were also making calls, using GPS, playing music and checking social media while driving.

She urged motorists to switch their phones to "do not disturb" mode while driving.