Published: Aug 8, 2017

Be like The Swans put your mobile out of sight

Young drivers are urged to ignore the distractions and get their hands off their mobile phones before getting behind the wheel.

As part of an education campaign with the Sydney Swans, we have released a new video to highlight the risks associated with young drivers and their ‘always on’ approach to social media.

Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey said mobile phone distraction is an increasing problem on our roads, particularly among younger drivers who are less experienced at anticipating or identifying the level of attention required for safe driving.

“It’s important to point out that at 60km/h, if you look at your phone while driving for just two seconds, you travel 33 metres blind,” Mrs Pavey said

A national study also revealed that more than 75% of provisional licence holders self-reported the use of their mobile phone while driving.

Last year, 38,894 infringements were issued for illegal mobile phone use.

”The consequences of using a mobile phone while driving are devastating and sadly it’s not just killing and injuring those who are illegally using their phones but putting innocent people at risk of lifelong injuries and death.”

In NSW, it is illegal for novice drivers to use their mobile phone at all while driving including the GPS functionality, so it is important that notifications are off and the phone is out of sight and out of mind.

“The Sydney Swans, who are ambassadors in the sporting community, have helped highlight this road safety problem and we thank the players involved for their support.”

The story behind the video came from within the Sydney Swans camp with players Kieren Jack, Sam Reid, Callum Sinclair and Heath Grundy throwing their support behind the potentially life-saving campaign.

Swans player Kieren Jack said behind selfies and pretty filters was an important road safety message.

“The stories from people in the community, including some of our fans prove that this is an issue that needs to be spoken about,” Mr Jack said.

“Far too many people are being killed and seriously injured on our roads from mobile phone distraction and people need to think about the heartache this causes to other road users and the people around you – it’s just not worth it.”