If you know your loved one or colleague is driving, don’t pick up the phone – that’s the plea from family safety charity RoSPA as it supports the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) this week.
As part of the NPCC’s Mobile Enforcement Campaign, running this week, RoSPA is urging people to wait until a driver has finished their journey before contacting them by phone call or text.
Drivers using their phone, whether handheld or hands-free, are four times more likely to crash, potentially injuring or killing themselves or other people.
Nick Lloyd, RoSPA’s road safety manager, said: “Imagine you are travelling at 40mph in a residential area, the phone rings and you pick it up and have a quick look – in the two seconds it’s taken, you will have travelled for around 40 metres, completely blind.
“Hit a pedestrian at that speed and they will suffer life-changing injuries or worse – and you will live with the consequences for the rest of your life.”
Drivers who use their phone:
- are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them
- fail to see road signs
- fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
- are more likely to tailgate the vehicle in front
- react more slowly, take longer to brake and longer to stop
- are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
- feel more stressed and frustrated.
Nick added: “If you know someone is driving, please don’t pick up the phone to them until they have finished their journey – it could lead to tragedy.”
For more information see www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/drivers/distraction/mobile-phones/.