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Looks Can Kill
Minister launches new campaign to tackle distracted drivers
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, has launched the A9 Safety Group’s campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of looking at or using a mobile phone while driving. Using the strapline ‘Looks Can Kill’, the campaign highlights that you are four times more likely to crash if using a mobile phone while driving.
The A9 Safety Group, as part of its continuing drive to reduce casualties on the route, knows that a number of collisions over the past two years may have been caused by a high degree of fatigue or distraction. This along with new research revealing that social media and ‘in car’ technology are causing a major distraction to Scottish drivers, continues to highlight the significant safety concerns around this issue.
The campaign, which will run across radio, online and at public areas along the route, will highlight the clear dangers of both looking at and/ or using a mobile phone while driving.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “The consequences of using mobile phones for either making calls or for social media are all too apparent. The work being carried out by the A9 Safety Group clearly indicates that drivers are putting both themselves and others at significant risk with this activity.
“The Scottish Government is committed, through Scotland’s Road Safety Framework, to achieving safer road travel in Scotland. I have said many times before that one death on Scotland’s roads is one too many and we will continue to try to make the roads as safe as they possibly can be for all road users.
“Any activity which takes a driver’s concentration away from the driving task is potentially dangerous and we encourage everyone to acknowledge driving as a skill which requires concentration and judgement. I urge all drivers to avoid using mobile phones when behind the wheel.”