Driving is a highly complex task requiring a person’s full attention, as any error can be catastrophic. Driving whilst using a phone (either hand-held or hands-free) has been shown to have a more detrimental impact on safety than drinking certain amounts of alcohol and with the increasing dominance of mobile devices in our lives, the risks and danger of driver distraction must be addressed with urgency.
Phone smart is a campaign to eliminate the danger of driver mobile phone use from our roads. Simply put, no call or message is worth a life.
What are we calling for?
Through our Phone Smart campaign, Brake is calling for:
- The banning of hands-free phones at the wheel
- Regulation against the use of in-built car 'infotainment' screens
- Investment in visible, effective and tough enforcement and punishment of people who talk, read and write at the wheel
- Driver reaction times are 30% slower on a hands-free phone than driving with a blood alcohol level of 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood (the current limit in England and Wales), and nearly 50% slower than a driver not on a phone.
- Drivers on any phone are four times more likely to be in a crash that causes injury.
- Messaging drivers have 35% slower reaction times and poor lane control and one large-scale study found they were 23 times more likely to crash than an attentive driver. About half of drivers aged 25-34 in a Brake and Direct Line survey admitted to messaging, using apps and browsing at the wheel.
- Share the campaign on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ using the buttons at the top of the page
- Tweet your support: @Brakecharity, #BePhoneSmart
- Make Brake's Pledge, including a commitment to never use a phone or devices at the wheel
- Write to your MP calling for a ban on hands-free phones at the wheel
- Sign up to our monthly bulletin for updates on our campaigns and how you can help
- Fundraise to support Brake's campaigns and vital support work
- Sign up for the UK's flagship road safety event, Road Safety Week, in November to raise awareness in your community
- Influence of personal mobile phone ringing and usual intention to answer on driver error, Aston University, 2012
- Speaking on a hands-free phone while driving makes you less alert and less attentive, University of Toronto, 2013
- Driven to distraction, Brake report, 2014
- Smartphones, Brake report, 2016
Speeding and distracted drivers revealed as most feared as charity asks everyone to sign the Brake pledge, 18/11/2016
Tomasz Kroker sentencing highlights the need for criminal driving law changes, 31/10/2016
Brake calls for urgent investment in road policing after huge drop in drivers caught on mobiles, 28/09/2016
It's never clever to use a smartphone while driving, 29/07/2016
Yet more evidence to support Brake's call to ban dangerous hands-free phones in vehicles, 08/06/2016
Brake responds to hand-held mobile phone consultation, 26/05/2016
Highlands and Islands MSP wins award for continued effort to improve road safety, 28/01/2016