Mobile phone and driving

February 1, 2018

Let the phone take messages and return calls when stopped in a safe place.

One in four car accidents are caused by cell phone use while driving

  • About 1.3million accidents, or 26% of all pile ups, are blamed on drivers using cell phones
  • Five per cent (5%) of all accidents are based on texting while driving
  • Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.

Source: NSC UK 2014 –published on Daily News by Ryan Gorman

Crash related expenses for employers

  • Speeding $8,4 billion
  • Distracted driving $8,2 billion
  • Under alcohol influence driving $6,0 billion

Source: Report of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - USA

Sign of the times...

  • Distractions account for more crashes than alcohol
  • Talking on the mobile phone is not as risky as the process of finding the phone and dialing a number
  • Distraction is a contributory factor in 10-30% of road traffic accidents (EU)

Source: SafetyNet Accident Causation Database

Let the phone take messages and return calls when stopped in a safe place

  • 9% of drivers in Greece between 18-24 years old use mobile phone while driving
  • The normal reaction time of a driver is 2’’ but, according to the research, drivers using cell phone while driving react on 2 ½’’, that means 14m more before drivers react ( max. speed 100Km/h).
  • Use of cell phone while driving is forbidden (K.O.K. Article 13), except for Bluetooth usage – the use of hands free is not allowed.

Source: R.S.I. Panos Mylonas - ROAD SAFETY INSTITUTE

Use of mobile phone while driving impairs performance leading to:

  • Longer reaction times to detect and respond to unexpected driving related events
  • Impaired ability to maintain correct lane position, an appropriate speed
  • Slower braking reactions with pre intensive braking and shorter stopping distances
  • Slower reaction times to traffic signals and even missed signals
  • A reduced field of view (i.e. drivers are more likely to look straight ahead and not at their periphery or in the mirrors)
  • Accepting gaps in traffic streams that do not give sufficient space to the driver to safety man oeuvre the vehicle into the traffic flow
  • Increased mental workload, resulting in higher levels of stress and frustration
  • A reduced awareness of what is happening around them

FOR YOUR SAFETY FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES WHEN DRIVING

  • Don't write, send or read a text message while driving, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic. These actions put you, and those around you, in danger.
  • Turn off your cell phone and put it in your pocket. Wait to use the device once you are safely and legally parked.
  • Don't text while running, cycling or participating in other recreational sports.