Campaign calls for drivers to turn off mobiles while driving

Police Scotland.
Police Scotland.

A campaign launched on Monday by the charity Brake calls on drivers across Scotland to help precent crashes causes by multitasking at the wheel.

The campaign appeals to drivers to turn off their phones or put them in the boot, and urges everyone to refuse to speak on the phone to someone who is driving. It is being launched almost a decade after hand-held mobiles at the wheel were banned and coincides with a week-long enforcement campaign.

Research shows 98% are unable to divide their time without it affecting performance, and that talking on a phone hand-held or hands free, texting, emailing, adjusting sat navs, eating, drinking and smoking are all proven to increase crash risk

The tune in to road safety campaign is being launched in Road Safety Week by events and demonstrations in schools, universities and town centres across the UK.