Mo­bile-us­ing driv­ers tar­geted in cam­paign

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Mo­torists are be­ing urged to ditch their mo­biles while driv­ing — even if us­ing them hands-free.

Kent County Coun­cil (KCC) is run­ning a month-long cam­paign af­ter con­duct­ing a sur­vey re­veal­ing that 73% of peo­ple in Kent be­lieve the big­gest threat to them on the roads is driv­ers us­ing their phones at the wheel.

The aware­ness cam­paign aims to re­mind driv­ers that phones cause a huge dis­trac­tion and im­pacts driv­ing more than even al­co­hol and drugs.

The road safety team leader at KCC, Vicky Harvey, said: “The re­al­ity is that no two ac­tiv­i­ties can be given equal at­ten­tion — one task will al­ways be more dom­i­nant.

“With a task as im­por­tant as driv­ing, even just a slip in con­cen­tra­tion due to a mo­bile phone could lead to se­vere con­se­quences.

“It im­pairs re­ac­tion time, re­duces con­cen­tra­tion lev­els, leads to poorer judg­ment of speed and dis­tance and re­duces your field of vi­sion.

“Driv­ers us­ing mo­bile phones make the roads less safe for us all.”

KCC is also warn­ing driv­ers not to be fooled into think­ing hands­free calls are le­gal or safe.

The cam­paign is backed by Kent Po­lice and will run through­out July, in­clud­ing on kmfm.

Pic­ture: Stock photo

Don’t use a mo­bile phone while driv­ing

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