Don’t lose sight of life - Don’t Drive Intexticated
Traffic authorities describe distracted driving as an epidemic sweeping our roads with South Africa having one of the highest road accident rates in the world. And, research shows around 25% of these accidents are caused by cellphone use while driving.
According to Discovery Insure, two-thirds of drivers still make cellphone calls while driving despite legislation prohibiting it.
What’s the risk?
When texting, drivers are distracted by taking their hand off the wheel to use their phone, by trying to read small text on the phone display and by thinking about how to write their message.
What’s the law?
According the National Road Traffic Act Regulation 308A, no driver is permitted to use a hand-held communication device while driving.
What can I do?
The value of a cell phone lies in having it available in the car and not in your hand whilst driving. Avoid texting and driving by:
Call 0861 400 800 to report reckless driving.
Sources: Automobile Association of South Africa, Arrive Alive, Businesstech, Discovery Insure, Road Traffic Management Corporation
Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Don’t let a text take a life. Pledge not to text and drive. OFM Traffic, keeping you safe on the road.
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