My Red Thumb - 10th May

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My Red Thumb - 10th May 

This year will be the 5th National My Red Thumb Day on Thursday 10th May 2018.

Once again our goal will be to reduce road traffic casualties by encouraging as many people as possible to stop using handheld mobile phones whilst driving.

Drivers who use a mobile phone whether hand-held or hands-free:

  • are four times more likely to crash injuring or killing themselves and/or other people
  • are much less aware of what's happening on the road around them
  • fail to see road signs
  • fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
  • are more likely to 'tailgate' the vehicle in front
  • react more slowly and take longer to brake
  • are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
  • feel more stressed and frustrated

Using a hands-free phone while driving does not significantly reduce the risks because the problems are caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of taking part in a phone conversation at the same time as driving. Remember it isn’t just speaking – texting and using smartphones can be even more distracting than talking on your phone.

Thanks to the new law change in March 2017 drivers should be more aware than ever of the risks of using mobile phones at the wheel. However, we know the importance of reminding as many people as possible about the penalties and encouraging everyone in the vehicle to take responsibility for road safety.

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