Posted on 2nd March 2017
We’ve put together a short video to show how dangerous it can be to film or photograph yourself while you’re driving.
Having a facing camera on your smartphone can make it all too tempting to film yourself at the wheel, whether it’s to moan about the traffic, muse about your day, or belt out the latest number one.
Apps such as Snapchat and Facebook can then encourage drivers to send their videos and photos to their mates.
But filming yourself while driving – or using your phone for anything at all – means you are massively distracted, and distracted driving can be fatal.
Our message today is ‘don’t stream and drive’. Don’t do a Facebook Live, don’t send a Snapchat video, don’t knock together a quick Snapchat story of your latest karaoke effort.
Put your phone away, keep your eyes on the road, and stay safe.
If you don’t, you could cause a collision that leads to serious injury or death. It’s simply not acceptable to put your life or the lives of others at risk, just for the sake of sharing a video or selfie of yourself.
We’re pushing this video - which features an actress in a mocked-up collision - as part of a campaign to crack down on mobile phone usage while driving.
From March 1, the penalty for drivers caught using a phone at the wheel doubled to a £200 fine and six points on your licence. At a roadside check site yesterday, seven drivers were ignoring the rules of the road, with three of them losing their licence as a result.
We’ll be doing this work all year round, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership.