Using a mobile phone while driving could see Queenslanders fined $1000 and have their licence suspended for a second offence, under a new state government proposal.
40 people have died on Queensland roads in the past two months, sparking a review of current penalties for a range of driving offences.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.
"People are literally killing themselves and killing others because they can't keep their hands off their phone," Mr Bailey said.
A three-day Driver Distraction National Summit begins in Brisbane on Monday.
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