The family's pain was only made worse when they discovered that the other driver had been using his phone at the time of the accident. (Generic image)
The family's pain was only made worse when they discovered that the other driver had been using his phone at the time of the accident. (Generic image)

If you ever use your phone while driving, read this

ANGELA Meiklejohn knows only too well the impact of just one glance away from the road.

Her 81-year-old mother, Audrey Dow, was just a few streets from her home in the Queensland city of Mackay when another vehicle slammed head-on into her car.

"Mum took the brunt of the impact. She had massive internal injuries," Ms Meiklejohn told 7.30.

Her mother died in hospital later that night.

"She was a lovely lady, loving grandmother of six and very sprightly and had a zest for life," Ms Meiklejohn said.

The family's pain was only made worse when they discovered that the other driver had been using his phone at the time of the accident.

"Devastating. It's the worst thing ever. If people could just realise how dangerous it is and what the results could be," Ms Meiklejohn said.

Originally published as Distracted drivers urged to put mobile phones away, remember safety


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