Chatham and Aylesford MP, Tracey Crouch, got on board Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) road safety campaign over the weekend, to help drive home the #phonesafe message.
After bumping into Larkfield’s firefighters and Selfie, KFRS’s giant mobile phone while out shopping at the South Aylesford Retail Park on Saturday morning, Ms Crouch agreed to be a ‘mock casualty’ in a car cutting demonstration to highlight the risks of using your mobile phone while driving.
Ms Crouch said: “It was a good opportunity to demonstrate what it’s like to be cut out of a car and the reality of what can happen really hit home. It’s quite scary and definitely not something I’d like to experience for real but, I if were involved in a crash, I know I’d be in very safe and capable hands with Kent Fire and Rescue Service.”
Watch Manager, Mitch Kelly said: “We know from bitter experience that people’s actions behind the wheel really can have a devastating effect on lives. Studies show that around a quarter of crashes are caused, in part, when the driver is distracted. You might think you can multi-task but driving while using your phone increases the chances of crashing even more.
“Resist the distraction, switch your phone onto silent next time you’re in the car, surely nothing is worth putting your life or others at risk”
Mitch ended: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Tracey Crouch MP and the management team at the South Aylesford Retail Park for helping us promote our life-saving messages.”
The event was part of KFRS’s latest road safety campaign which challenges drivers to ask themselves - ‘Are you phone safe when you drive?’ and to encourage a change in attitudes to the risks associated with using a mobile at the wheel.
The campaign sees firefighters and community safety teams visiting colleges, cinemas, shopping centres, car meets and other areas where people congregate. People have also been given the chance to sit in the KFRS road safety car, a modified Vauxhall Astra, which is used to highlight the dangers of the driving on the road.
People also got the chance to have a photo taken with the campaign mascot- a giant smart phone called ‘Selfie' - to feature on KFRS's photo gallery and were asked to post their ‘selfie’ photos on social media using the hashtag #phonesafe.
Watch KFRS's videos to find out more about the road safety campaign "Are you phone safe when you drive?".