Are you and your family breaking the law?

25 September 2015 - By Eugene Herbert

Hi
Folks…


How would you rate yourself when it comes to being on the “right side”
regarding making use of a cell phone while driving? Possibly reflecting on what
the latest research in the UK shows will give one pause for thought.


Nearly a quarter of drivers have broken the law by talking to their
families while behind the wheel according to research by the road safety
charity, Brake. 


Almost a quarter (23%) of drivers have talked to family on the phone
while driving, while one-in-seven drivers (15%) have talked to friends on the
phone while driving.


Meanwhile, one-in-six drivers (17%) have had a work-related call while
driving.


The survey showed that young drivers (17-24) were most likely to engage
in phone calls with friends with more than a third (35%) of young drivers doing
so while driving.


More than two in five young drivers (21%) have talked to friends on the
phone while driving and nearly half (49%) of young drivers have had a
work-related call while driving.


Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “In the modern
world, drivers are confronted with many distractions that prevent them from
giving the road their full attention, risking devastating crashes and loss of
life. It is a sobering thought that a significant number of these
life-threatening distractions come from drivers’ own friends and family.”


Clearly we have issues, some of which we acknowledge and others not –
let it not be that we find out the hard way that we are another statistic.


Till next time – Stay Safe and Stay off the phone!


Eugene Herbert




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