Jon and I are honoured to be hosting a ‘Blabbing for Britain’ Special on Friday at 10:00 AM with Sergeant Neil aka SgtTCS
In the news this week, the latest fad of recording or streaming video from mobile phones while driving is being discouraged by Neil, a serving police sergeant, in an unofficial social media campaign.
Neil, a prolific Twitter user also known as @SgtTCS (who does not wish his surname to be known), used a driving simulator at the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire to demonstrate the effects of streaming and driving and the dangers caused to other road users as a result.
During the driving simulation, Neil recorded a video on a smartphone stuck to the windscreen, looking at the phone and not the motorway, which caused the car to drift dangerously out of lane while travelling at speeds in excess of 70mph. In addition, his reaction times were impaired.
Neil has organised an unofficial online campaign called #dontstreamanddrive to highlight the dangers of streaming and driving.
Friends. I need your help.
Driving is a complex operation. A blending of eye, hand and foot coordination that can propel a vehicle down a road at incredible speed. A process that requires skill, judgement, responsibility and places upon you, as a driver, a duty of care to yourself and every other road user.
If done correctly, driving a car fully occupies your attention. Listen to my simple commentary here as I drive down country lanes. Now consider that in a city with pedestrians, cyclists, pedestrian crossings, more traffic, buses, more road signs, junctions and hazards. If you are fully focussed on your driving you have zero time to do anything else.
The use of mobile phones by drivers has been in existence since the devices were introduced. The specific offences were introduced to UK legislation in 2003.
As phones have become an essential part of day to day life the use of them by drivers has increased. Stand at any busy junction for 5 minutes and count how many drivers you see using a phone. You will be appalled. Studies have shown that driving ability is clearly impaired by using a mobile phone and that talking on a hand-held mobile phone impairs driving more than driving above the drink drive limit. Just think about that for a moment
How you can support – Thunderclap
Click https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/37699-dontstreamanddrive and support with your Twitter , FaceBook or Tumblr Account
Video Chat on Friday 8th April on Blab
You are invited to join us as Sgt Neial chats with Jon and Steven about #DontStreamandDrive
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We wish the campaign every success
as do all the organisations who support the Sgt Nei’ls campaign