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Don't stream and drive - stay alive

Posted on 30th October 2017

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.

This video features an actress and the collision was mocked up. It was produced earlier this year to raise awareness of the dangers of using a phone at the wheel.

The video, which was shortlisted for a national award, is being reposted today as part of a new effort by the THINK! road safety campaign to cut the number of people using mobiles while driving.

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.

Our message is simple: 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.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.