UK road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has pledged its support to the #dontstreamanddrive initiative.
Taking place today (April 16th), Don’t Stream and Drive Day represents a reminder to all motorists concerning the dangers of using handheld mobile phones at the wheel.
Streaming and driving do not mix
Across the UK, there is a growing trend for drivers to stream their journeys live from their mobile phones. However, this practice is highly dangerous and needs to be stamped out.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth believes anyone who does this should be taken off the roads immediately, as they potentially represent a significant risk to themselves and others.
He stated: “Our message to drivers who still think it’s acceptable to use a hand-held mobile phone for any purpose while driving is simple. Please put it down and give 100 per cent concentration on safe driving. If you don’t, you are likely to kill someone and you will go to prison for a long time.”
Mr Worth concluded that drivers can miss important information when they aren’t focused on the road, while also being unable to maintain constant speed and a safe road position.
The #dontstreamanddrive initiative is being spearheaded by former police officer Neil Dewson-Smyth and is being promoted across social media. It aims to highlight the dangers of mobile phone use and why distraction can be such a deadly risk for drivers.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Driving takes a lot of concentration, so to shift your attention to streaming your journey is simply a recipe for disaster. To stay safe, motorists should keep their eyes on the road and avoid the distraction of mobile phones.”
Posted on 15th April 2019
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