The London Road Safety Council has launched a new campaign to highlight how the mobile phone obsession is putting people in danger as they use them on the move.
The social media campaign – titled Heads Up, Phones Down! – runs across fourteen boroughs and is targeting motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and commuters.
The campaign comprises three new social media films, showing how everyday folk can allow their phone fixation to lead them into disaster on London’s roads – whether they are walking, cycling, driving or motorcycling.
The videos follow the journeys of typical Londoners and shows how being absorbed in distracting on-line conversations and internet surfing causes them to come a cropper.
The first video, published on 14 November, has been well received by viewers – attracting more than 60k views in the first 24 hours.
Research shows that using a mobile phone while driving multiplies a person’s risk of a serious crash by four times. Meanwhile, one in seven pedestrians admit to being so engrossed with their smartphones that they step onto a busy road without looking.
Councillor Teji Barnes, chair of the LRSC, said: “There has been a lot of attention given to the dangers of using a phone while driving, and our campaign not only highlights this issue, but also the need for all road users to keep their heads up and their phone down if they are to stay safe.
“We have all seen people stepping into the road while looking at their phone, it has become a really big issue.”
The campaign was launched to coincide with UK Road Safety Week (18-24 Nov), which sought to raise public awareness of road safety issues and act as ‘the driver for positive change on UK roads’.
The campaign is being supported by the London boroughs of Brent, Croydon, Ealing, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Newham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Wandsworth, Waltham Forest, the City of Westminster and the Corporation of London.
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