I just sent this to Stay Safe, NSW Govt committee on road safety. See what response I get. Hi, I have a query regarding the use of mobile phones whilst operating a motor vehicle. I have previously written to the govt about the current consequences not being sufficient to deter people from using phones in their vehicles. I see on a daily basis far too many people talking on their phones and worse still looking into their lap texting, this scares me as I am a motorcyclist and also a part of a family. I use my bike to commute mainly to and from work. I ride a bike because it is cheaper to run, eases congestion and I love riding. I regularly deal with drivers who change lanes on me because they have their phone in their ear and do not look or just veer across lanes as they are texting. The current fines I believe are something like $239 and 3 demerit points. The fact that a majority of people who are texting while driving seem to be young P platers is particularly disturbing. Research studies have proven that using a phone while driving is akin to driving under the influence. Is it possible to have a review on the consequences of this practice and create a realistic deterrent before somebody gets killed or seriously injured? As a motorcyclist I feel I am already up against it with the behaviour of some road users. I am acutely aware my safety is not dependent on others doing the right thing and I am, as are many of my fellow riders, continuously vigilant when using the roads. Unfortunately drivers become complacent and do not seem to fully understand what damage a vehicle can do. I worry for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers who have to deal with people who are dangerously distracted by their phones. Accidents destroy families; it would be nice to feel safer on the roads and not have to worry about the ridiculously high number of drivers operating potentially lethal weapons with no regard for the safety of others.