A road safety operation in Somerset has led to more than a dozen drivers being stopped in under two hours for using their mobile phones while driving. Somerset Road Safety Officers also pulled over several other people who were seen driving without wearing their seat belts.
The procedure is part of a campaign that is intended to reduce the number of drivers on the phone while on the roads. Every driver stopped has been required to go to a driver education session. These sessions highlight the dangers that go along with using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. It is not a well-known fact but in reality if you use your phone while driving, you are four times more likely to have an accident. Not only could this injure you – perhaps seriously – it could also harm other people.
It is hoped that the sessions, slated to continue throughout the remainder of 2014, will alert drivers to the very real dangers posed by this problem. There is no reason to answer a phone call while driving and no reason to make one either. There is never a reason why you should do this at all.
Why are drivers on the phone more likely to cause accidents?
When you are driving your full attention needs to be on the road ahead of you, and on the changing situation around you. If you are using your mobile phone you won’t be paying proper attention to other vehicles, road users or pedestrians. This makes it far more likely that you won’t be able to take evasive action if something should happen. You might also find you cause an accident simply because you weren’t paying proper attention. That’s why mobile phones should never be used at the wheel.
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Source: Blackmore Vale Magazine
Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown