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WHILE ON THE MOVE…???

We all know the message (even though many still ignore it!); “don’t use your mobile phone whilst driving”. This is the UK government line which, in theory, is supported by all agencies. Or is it?

Anyone on Twitter will probably have come across feeds from the Highways Agency and/or Police (or similar), whereby current status messages are broadcast, informing the travelling public of ongoing situations. These are clearly aimed at keeping motorists safe by giving them advance warning of problems on route, i.e. debris in road, lane blocked by RTC, etc.

But think for a moment about exactly what could be happening. Drivers travelling along checking their mobile at every “alert tone”, just in case it’s something ahead they should know about. Is that really safe?

OK, it could be that a passenger is doing the checking, just maybe…

I’m not suggesting that traffic info such as this shouldn’t be broadcast; of course in general it’s beneficial. I’m merely playing devil’s advocate for a moment to highlight situations of potential danger. Arguably the most essential component in any vehicle is common-sense, so the next time you’re in the car be sure you have a good supply with you!

“Drive 2 Arrive”

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