Did you know that 9 people are killed every day a result of distracted driving?
You've seen the heart-wrenching commercials and the signs on the highway, so by this point, you know that texting and driving do not mix. But somehow you still manage to find yourself glancing at your phone or quickly replying to a text.
Distracted driving accounts for a high proportion of fatal car crashes and the sad truth is that most of these fatalities result from easily preventable causes.
13% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel and 1 in 5 fatal accidents in the UK is related to driving tired.
In the UK, it's illegal for people to hold a cell phone while they're in the process of driving a vehicle. If they get caught doing it, they can be fined £200 and given 6 penalty points, and in some cases, they can even lose their license.
In July of this year Kent Police caught 37 drivers using their mobile phones. In the same month the RAC’s research showed only 60% of drivers would stop using their phones while driving voluntarily even if they knew these could cause accidents. The RAC says “it was surprised the figure was not signifciantly higher given that consequences can be so severe in terms of the impact on human life."
To find out more about this read “Overcoming the Mobile Phone Menace with an App” an interview with Romex’s Sales Director, Steve Arscott in the September issue of the award-winning Roadway Magazine, the journal of the RHA Road Haulage Association.
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