Campaign to monitor mobile phone use during driving starts tomorrow

Dr Photo - CAMPAIGN TO MONITOR MOBILE PHONE USE DURING DRIVING STARTS TOMORROWMore than 23,000 infractions for using a mobile phone while driving were recorded last year, revealed the National Road Safety Authority, which starts a monitoring campaign with the GNR and PSP on Tuesday 23rd February.

The road safety campaign “Phone Off - Don't Use Your Cell Phone Driving”, which involves ANSR, GNR and PSP, will run until March 1 and aims to alert drivers to the negative consequences, and even fatalities, from the improper use of the mobile phone while driving.

According to the ANSR, 23,038 violations of this kind were recorded in 2020, which corresponds to an average of 63 per day.

In a joint statement, ANSR, GNR and PSP point out that several scientific studies "equate the improper use of the mobile phone with driving under the influence of alcohol", with "very similar" consequences in attention and in the ability to react.

To reduce this type of behavior, the amendments to the Highway Code in effect since the 8th of January doubled the amounts of the fines, increasing the amounts to between 250 euros and 1,250 euros, with the withdrawal of three points on the driving license, instead of the previous two points.

The campaign, inserted in the National Inspection Plan of 2021, will include actions to raise awareness of ANSR, inspection operations by GNR and PSP, with special focus on roads and accesses with high road flow, to help reduce the risk of accidents and promote the adoption of safer behavior by drivers.

Awareness-raising actions will take place simultaneously with inspection operations, in different locations: February 23rd in the Expo Zone (Lisbon), day February 24th on the National Road EN125 in Vendas Novas, February 25th on the Estrada dos Ciprestes, in Setúbal, and February 26th at Rotunda A8, exit Óbidos.

In a statement, ANSR, GNR and PSP stressed the danger of using a mobile phone while driving and called for this behavior to be avoided.

“Using a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of a car accident four times”.

They also emphasise that the use of electronic devices while driving makes attention to signs difficult and leads to the disregard of the rules of passage, particularly in relation to pedestrians.

The National Inspection Plan foresees the realisation of awareness campaigns simultaneously with inspection operations "in places where infractions regularly occur that represent an increased risk for the occurrence of accidents", state the authorities.

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+2 #4 Chip 2021-02-25 11:10
I've always wondered why smoking at the wheel isn't banned.
Holding and lighting a burning cigarette or pipe is just as dangerous as holding a phone.
+2 #3 Trevor Morgan 2021-02-24 21:23
Quoting Kevin :
Using a phone with Bluetooth is OK or not?

I believe it is legal, but that's not to say it's OK. If I receive a call whilst on the road I still stop in a safe place to take the call so I can concentrate on the call and be potentially distracted.
It seems to be a fashion among road users nowadays to use their hand-held phones in loudspeaker mode, holding it by the steering wheel instead of up to their ear. I'd like to know why they think this is better. Having the 'phone' hand on the steering wheel allows them to 'talk' with their other hand!!
+6 #2 Stuart Wood 2021-02-23 08:04
Maybe they should start with just basic driving itself before getting too complicated!
0 #1 Kevin 2021-02-22 18:43
Using a phone with Bluetooth is OK or not?

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