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ROAD SAFETY NEWS
Responding to the growing global crisis of road traffic injuries, the United Nations
has declared the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-
The Decade of Action for Road Safety was officially launched on 11th May 2011.
The goal of the Decade, endorsed by more than 100 governments, is to stabilise and then reduce global road fatalities by 2020.
The action plan covers five pillars of the safe systems approach: building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behaviour of road users; and improving emergency services.
For more information about this initiative visit www.actionforroadsafety.org
David Secker was stopped on the A47 near Norwich in May as part of a crackdown on driving with mobile phones. He was one of 239 people caught by Norfolk police during the campaign.
Secker was found guilty at Norwich Magistrates’ Court of using a mobile while driving, not having insurance and not being in a proper position to control a car.
Police who stopped him told the court that he was talking on one phone and appeared to be texting on the other as they got closer. They also revealed that he had kept them waiting while he finished his conversation on the telephone.
His defence lawyer, Simon Nicholls, told magistrates that he had been reading a number out over the phone and was not driving his Vauxhall Tigra with his knees as had been claimed in newspapers.
The defendant was previously banned in 2008 for a drink-
Speaking outside the court, Secker said that the magistrates’ decision was a fair one.
Mr Nicholls said: “We hear about people driving while eating apples and doing all kind of stupid things. He accepts he made a mistake and will learn from it.”
PUT IT AWAY!
SURVEY REVEALS THREE IN 10 DRIVERS TEXT AT THE WHEEL
27 September 2011
However much you love your phone, when you are driving you need to put it away. Texting, tweeting, emailing, taking or making a call, inputting details into a GPS application, tapping the screen, repeatedly glancing at or watching the screen: all are major distractions that put your life and the lives of others at risk.
A survey by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line has revealed that nearly three in 10 drivers (28%) texts at the wheel and one in 13 (8%) do this at least once a week. One in 11 drivers (9%) surfs the web, emails, uses apps or social networking sites when driving.
Texting makes drivers 23 times more likely to cause a crash, potentially killing or maiming innocent road users. Using a phone to email or surf the web also causes serious distractions.
A recent Ofcom report warned of increasing levels of smartphone addiction in the UK by users who are unable to go without checking their phone even for short periods or through the night.
Frances Browning, spokesperson for Direct Line Car Insurance, said: “Many drivers feel it is perfectly acceptable to drive whilst talking, texting, emailing or even surfing the web on their phone. It isn’t.
“The way to reduce any temptation to use your phone or answer a call is simple, switch it off when you’re behind the wheel.”
It is illegal to drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle while using a hand-
It is illegal to use any kind of electronic device to send or receive spoken or written messages or still or moving images or access the internet. This includes when stopped at traffic lights or queued in traffic.
Drivers who are caught will received a fixed penalty notice of £60 and three points on their licence.
In May 2011 the government announced this fine is due to increase to £80 -
In some cases drivers will have to go to court and could face disqualification and a maximum fine of £1,000. But it could be much worse.
Using a phone at the wheel can and does lead to devastating crashes. If you kill someone while using a phone you could face up to 14 years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving, as well as the knowledge that someone died because of your decision to pick up your phone at the wheel.
Driving is the most dangerous and complex activity most of us do on a daily basis and it requires your full concentration. Your phone can wait!
Drivers risking lives checking smartphones
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
From The Daily Telegraph
According to the RAC, the number of young drivers checking social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter while on the roads has increased by 50% in the last year.
A survey by the motoring organisation found the dramatic rise among 25 to 44-
The RAC warned the temptation to check applications on mobile phones while behind the wheel was quickly becoming a "new breed of motoring offence".
David Bizley, technical director, said: "These offences don't yet have the same social
taboo that drink-
The poll of more than a thousand motorists also found the number of 17 to 24-
More than 10 per cent of young drivers said they had driven or been a passenger in a car where the driver was under the influence of drugs.
44 per cent said they felt less safe than ever on the roads.
Almost two thirds said there were not enough police on the roads and a quarter believed they would not get caught if they broke motoring laws.
More than 40 per cent want o see a ban for illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel.
Read more: www.telegraph.co.uk
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