WA gets Australia's first 'texting bay' trial on regional roads

WA drivers have become the first in Australia to trial 'texting bays' along regional highways.

WA drivers have become the first in Australia to trial 'texting bays' along regional highways.

WA drivers have become the first in Australia to trial 'texting bays' along South West highways.

The trial, which runs until April 28, aims to discourage people from texting or checking their mobile phones while driving longer distances.

Five bays have been set up in the state's Peel and South West regions - three along the Forrest Highway and two along the South Western Highway - where drivers can pull over to check their phones.

Drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a crash if they are distracted by their mobiles and the trial aims to keep drivers off their devices while behind the wheel.

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia told ABC Radio a review of the trial would be conducted to determine if it provided better road safety outcomes.

"The text can wait until it's safe to check it and that's the message that's going out with it - the ultimate outcome is that we don't want you texting while you're driving behind the wheel," he said.

The trial comes as double demerits remain in place for the Easter long weekend.

Anyone caught texting while driving faces losing six demerit points and copping a $400 fine.

WA's Easter road toll on Sunday morning remained at one after a teenager died in an early morning car crash near Collie on Friday morning.

This time last year, five people died in car crashes during the long weekend.

Police have urged drivers to take responsibility and stay safe on the roads, especially on regional roads.

Texting bay locations:

Forrest Highway

- Near Buffalo Road, southbound

- Near Dorsett Road, both directions

- Near Greenlands Road, southbound

South Western Highway

- Placid Park Roadhouse, southbound

- Near Brunswick Junction, northbound

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