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Sign a petition to to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Distracted Driving

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Campaigns Corner
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Anica85Anica85 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Campaigns Corner
We believe a national safety campaign should be created that clearly and memorably restates the law and highlights the dangers and impact of using a hand-held device when driving.

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Whilst it has been illegal to use a handheld mobile phone when driving since 2003, there is significant research that shows motorists continue to use their devices incorrectly:

- 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic

- DoT figures show that motorists using their phones were involved in 3,611 crashes between 2009 and 2014.

- 1 in 5 UK motorists admit accessing social networking sites on their mobile phone while driving.

To support please sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/132755

You can also test your reactions to hazards compare with your friends, others like you, and the nation: http://www.motors.co.uk/time-to-stop/

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  • robin58robin58 Forumite
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    Why a another useless petition.?

    Are you also going to make people stop changing the radio station, stop smoking, stop eating food in their cars. These cause crashes as well.

    I would just ban the culprits for 1 year instead of points.

    That will get through a lot better to the masses than yet another petition !!
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  • marleyboymarleyboy Forumite
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    - 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic

    So that works out at 5% of drivers looking at their phones. Not nearly enough to need a petition.
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    marleyboy wrote: »
    - 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic
    The other 5% are too busy reading their next delivery sheet to notice what is going on around them
  • prowlaprowla Forumite
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    What's wrong with looking at your phone in stationary traffic?
  • antrobusantrobus Forumite
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    Anica85 wrote: »
    ....- DoT figures show that motorists using their phones were involved in 3,611 crashes between 2009 and 2014....

    If you look at the DoT figures for 2014, there were indeed 492 accidents where 'Driver using mobile phone' was a contributory factor, out of a total of 115,673. On the other hand, 'dazzling sun' was responsible for 2,822 crashes etc and so forth.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-great-britain-annual-report-2014

    It's not exactly the most significant cause of car crashes.
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    marleyboy wrote: »
    - 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic

    So that works out at 5% of drivers looking at their phones. Not nearly enough to need a petition.

    What?

    How does that work. I dont think somebody understands how statistics work.
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    - 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic
    I can imagine a new factor creeping into accident statistics to do with phones.

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  • SailorSamSailorSam Forumite
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    If 95% of people see other drivers using their phones, i think it's safe to presume that a lot of those 95% are policemen. They already know it's against the law without needing a petition to remind them.
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    Anica85 wrote: »
    - 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic

    Not just stationary traffic, I often see people trying to look at and sometimes text on their phones while driving. Including a plonker woman yesterday, weaving in her lane; when I pulled alongside (when it went 2 lanes) I could clearly see her looking down at her phone rather than up at the traffic.
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