Keep your mobile out of reach
RESEARCH continues to show that being distracted
while driving, when using a mobile phone, increases
the risk of a collision. The Donegal Road Safety Working
Group is urging motorists to put their phones out of
reach before their journey begins so they are not
tempted to use it while driving.
Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal
County Council explains “Driving at 60 kph, if a
motorist takes their eyes of the road to look at a
phone for just two seconds, a vehicle will travel 33
meters and in that time lapse a motorist will be
totally oblivious to what is happening on the road."
"A short lapse of concentration can have lifelong
consequences, using a mobile phone while driving
significantly increases the chances of being
involved in a serious or fatal collision”.
From January to November 2018, there
were 28,892 fixed penalty notices issued in Ireland
for using a mobile phone while driving.
“Even if you are using
a hands-free phone you should avoid making or
answering calls when driving. If there is a need to
answer a call, pull in safely before doing so” says
Brian. “Motorists must be more aware of the
incredible danger of using their phone while driving
and it is time to banish mobile phones from the
driver's sight by placing them out of reach and out
of sight. Using a mobile phone while driving creates
a significant risk to all road users and this
practice needs to stop”.
He adds “It is just not worth it, just to take a
call or answer a text. The safety of all road users
is paramount and we want to ensure that everyone
uses the road safely and with consideration for all
From January to November 2018, there were 28,892
fixed penalty notices issued in Ireland for using a
mobile phone while driving.