Kill the conversation – keep your eyes on the road

Published March 15, 2017

Do you run your business from your car? Do you feel you have to take calls when you are driving in case you miss the next sale?  Then this advice from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is for you.

They are asking drivers to kill the conversation and keep their eyes on the road. From 1 March 2017 the Fixed Penalty Notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving will increase to £200 and six penalty points.

Research suggests sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

In 4.6 seconds a car travelling at 30mph would have travelled 61.5 metres (202.4 feet) – that’s the same size as the wingspan of a 747 Jumbo Jet.

  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text and a split second lapse in concentration could result in a collision.
  • Put your phone somewhere out of reach so that you are not tempted to make or answer calls when you’re driving, all phone calls distract drivers attention from the road.
  • If you need to make or take a callStop or leave it to go to voicemail – even if you have a hands-free phone.
  • If you must talk, and have a hands-free phone, keep conversations short and simple or say that you’ll find a safe and legal place to stop and phone back.
“I fully support this important road safety campaign to increase awareness of the devastating impact and dangers associated with distracted driving The number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads is on the increase, with the use of handheld mobile phones when driving a contributory factor.”

“I encourage all road users to “THINK ROAD SAFETY” and understand the dangers, penalties and devastating consequences of using handheld mobile phone when driving.”
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker

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