‘Social Media’ when driving on the increase
Police increasingly concerned
Police are becoming more and more concerned about motorists using social media when driving. The head of roads policing in England and Wales, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, says people posting updates, taking photos and video calling behind the wheel is becoming more common. "I'm increasingly concerned because young people are absolutely glued to their mobile technology," said Chief Constable Suzette Davenport. "Whether that's social networking or texting, people cannot afford to be doing that when they are driving.”
A recent RAC survey has found that 20% of 17 to 19-year-olds admitted using Facebook or Twitter while driving. This is definitely a cause for concern as accidents are also up in numbers due to distraction when driving. The facts reveal mobile phone while driving, reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50% slower than normal driving and even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.
Imogen Cauthery, 27, sustained serious injuries after being hit by a car as a child. Witnesses say the driver was distracted by a mobile phone. Imogen has epilepsy, learning difficulties and memory impairment as a result of the accident. Imogen said "I was on my way to the swimming pool with my mum, sister and best friend Jeannette, a car came round the corner, on his phone, and I was hit. A passing doctor gave me CPR at the scene and I was taken to hospital where they froze my brain. A woman from North Carolina in the US lost her life after slamming her car head on into a truck while posting selfies and a Facebook update about how happy she was while listening to a Pharrell song. Authorities said the post, visible only to her friends, was made at 8.33 a.m., the first 911 call received about the crash was one minute later. In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy.
Distraction is deadly when driving. Drivers need to keep their mind and eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel to drive safely. Giving into distractions is a bit like drink-driving: it affects reaction times and control, and could easily cost someone their life.
There is no doubt that texting has caused accidents and even death and we should not be doing it. Eating and drinking on the move might seems harmless but research shows that this reduces our ability to react quickly so it quite obvious it is impossible to be in control of a car posting pictures, reading updates or actually texting.