A Queensland driver has received a brutal slamming after he was caught playing a trumpet while travelling on a major highway in the Gold Coast in Queensland.
The man, who was caught on camera by a passenger of another vehicle, can be seen driving along with one hand on the wheel and the other holding the musical instrument. He was apparently driving at 110 kilometres per hour on the busy M1 on Wednesday morning when he was caught in the act at around 8am.
While he may have thought of it as a bit of harmless practice, the RACQ hasn’t taken the situation so lightly. Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, a spokesperson for the organisation said it was a massive risk that put many people’s lives at danger.
“Distracted driving is one of the biggest killers on our roads and every second your eyes are off the road increases the risk of a crash.”
The footage made headlines on Thursday, with Sunrise host branding it “one of the stupidest things” he’s seen. He claimed that cars had become too easy to drive and that many people take it for granted. Former Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones, who was also on the show, said she had seen many questionable things from drivers behind the wheel, but that the man and his trumpet took the cake.
Although the man’s action are incredibly dangerous, there are many people who each day put their own lives and the lives of others at risk by undertaking different tasks while behind the wheel.
A study was released in August that highlighted the bizarre and very much unsafe things that Aussie drivers do as they’re driving.
The results of the finder.com.au Safe Driving Report 2018 found as many as 62 per cent of Australian drivers admit to dangerous activities when they’re driving.
For 38 per cent of people, eating takeaway food behind the wheel was their most dangerous driving habit. And while thongs are comfortable to wear on warm summer days, 31 per cent admit to wearing flip flops on their feet while driving. Meanwhile, 20 per cent of drivers say they send text messages when behind the wheel, while 13 per cent are guilty of answering the phone.
One in 10 drivers admitted to steering with their knees, while some other interesting risky behaviours were also revealed. This included 1 per cent of people admitting to having sex while driving, using Google Maps and even driving on the wrong side of the road.
“I’m sure everyone is guilty of doing at least one of these before, but drivers shouldn’t be sacrificing their safety for the sake of convenience,” Bessie Hassen, car insurance expert at finder.com.au said in a statement at the time. “While eating or smoking while driving may not sound particularly problematic, the reality is that anything that causes a driver to take their eyes off the road can be dangerous.”