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Banish phones and drive away distraction, FTA urge motorists

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:00
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DISTRACTED: FTA back Brake calls

Drivers should stay focused and not be distracted by the phone when behind the wheel, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) have urged.

Road Safety Week 2013 was launched yesterday, and the FTA are backing calls by Brake for motorists to avoid their mobiles at all costs while driving.

Christopher Snelling, Head of Urban Logistics and Regional Policy at the FTA, said: “The behaviour of the road user is the most important element in ensuring road safety, and it’s the thing we all have within our immediate control.

“When travelling we all need to focus on the road and the users around us, so we can keep ourselves and others safe.”

Hand-held mobiles were banned at the wheel a decade ago.

However, figures show 575,000 motorists have been prosecuted for using a handset at the wheel or being otherwise distracted while driving.

“FTA members of course know that it is illegal to use a hand-held phone to text or call at the wheel, and recognise that anyone trying to multi-task when behind the wheel can be distracted,” added Mr Snelling.

“However, in support of Road Safety Week we would discourage any driver from taking part in a phone conversation as it can affect their ability to control a vehicle.

“We believe it is imperative that all road users share the road safely – whether you are driving, cycling or walking it is vital to focus on keeping yourself and others safe.”

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