If you are a driver you will know how difficult it is to spot the pedestrian who nips across the road in front of you dressed in dark colours from head to foot. Therefore the Student Council ran an assembly to raise awareness amongst pupils and staff. Pupils were encouraged to wear something bright on their coats or bags and staff were asked to drive carefully and keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists. Free reflective stickers were offered to pupils visiting the Student Council Shop.
More generally the campaign this year was focused on calling on everyone, but especially drivers, to tune in to road safety, to avoid the devastating crashes that are caused by multi-tasking.
A lot of us are pretty attached to our smartphones these days, so distraction is no longer just about making a call. We’ve entered a new era where being constantly connected is the norm and some people find it hard to switch off even for a minute. Driving is the most risky thing most of us do regularly. It’s highly unpredictable, so you need your head on the job. Yet it’s easy to forget the risks, and many drivers think they can get away with multi-tasking.
The truth is none of us are good at doing two things at once. It’s a proven fact that if you try to multi-task at the wheel you’re putting yourself and others in real danger.
So drivers, why not turn off your phones, or better still, stick them in the boot, and never attempt to do anything at the wheel other than the critical task at hand: DRIVING.