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Ride It Right the motorcycle safety initiative reports that it is supporting Allstate Northern Irelands “X the TXT” campaign, and we should all be supporting this campaign to save lives.
There are far to many irresponsible morons attempting to drive on our already dangerous roads whilst texting their friends - it's not cool, it's not clever, it's absolute insanity. Daivid Ford needs to waken up and change the law as a matter of urgency, first offenders should face instant disqualification, and have their vehicle seized and destroyed, plus any further offences should result in a prison term complete with daily floggings. Rant over - next is the press release as received from Trevor Baird @ Right To Ride - Pay Attention - Take Heed!
The campaign which is fully supported by the DOE Road Safety branch and the PSNI, encourages people not to text and drive, by concentrating on young drivers at Colleges to pledge not to text & drive and to take the message home to friends and family that it’s not OK to text and drive – X the TXT.
As motorcyclists we know the importance of reading the road ahead, the need to concentrate on riding and to ride without distraction, however other vehicle drivers while sitting in their vehicles can easily become distracted while driving and no more so from the use of mobile phones.
Even with the legal implications of, Driving without proper control or driving using a handheld mobile phone, which can bring drivers a fixed penalty of £60, three penalty points; with a fine of up to £1,000 (£2,500 for drivers of goods vehicles, buses and coaches) and possible disqualification if taken to court, drivers still appear to be using their mobile phones to talk and to text whilst driving.
“X the TXT”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving as well as the legal implications and the human cost of texting and driving.
This campaign was started in the US by Allstate Northern Ireland’s parent company, one of the largest car insurers in America because of the increasing numbers of collisions due to people texting while driving. This is also becoming a wider issue in Northern Ireland so it was decided to launch the campaign in schools locally as part of Allstate’s Community Responsibility programme.
Students taking part in the event are asked to support the campaign by stamping their thumbprint on a banner which will remain at the school as a constant reminder of not to text and drive, they also receive a pair of thumb bands that read "TXTING KLLS" to wear as a daily reminder when texting.
Research conducted on Facebook by the RAC Foundation in 2008, polled 3000 drivers and found that 48% of 18-24 year olds admitted to texting while driving. Early research by the Transport Research Laboratory for the RAC Foundation found average reaction times slowed by 35% when 17-24 years olds drove in a simulator while writing or reading texts. The texters were found to drift out of lanes more, had poorer steering control and were less able to maintain a constant distance behind a lead vehicle.
Despite legislation introduced in Northern Ireland to address the use of mobile phones was introduced in Northern Ireland on 27 June 2007 and the PSNI have reported that they issued 17,857 endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices from 31 July 2007 to 31st December 2008.
Using a mobile phone whilst driving is still obviously an ongoing problem on our roads and it is hoped this new campaign will raise awareness amongst young people as well as the wider Northern Ireland community.
You can show your support for the X the TXT – Don’t Text and Drive campaign by becoming a fan on the X the TXT Facebook site – www.facebook.com/XtheTXTNI
Full article can be viewed at Ride It Right at http://www.rideitright.org/?p=1568
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