Use of mobile phones while driving

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:18:00 AM

A national preventive campaign entitled “Raising awareness about the risks of using a mobile phone while driving” will take place from 25 January to 7 February, and will be coordinated by the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency.

The Police will conduct tighter control over the use of devices and equipment hindering drivers while driving, as well as over the use of safety belts and restraint systems.

During that time, the Agency will conduct new field research regarding the use of mobile phones in traffic, while other partners will participate in the campaign with their activities.

Mobile phones are major attention diverters in traffic

The Police and the Traffic Safety Agency, together with their partners (DARS d.d., Varna pot institute, Vozim institute, Reševalni pas institute, Automobile Association of Slovenia (AMZS) and the Slovenian Association of Chauffeurs and Car Mechanics), have been striving for years to improve awareness that attention distractions caused by the use of mobile phones have been proved to increase the risk of traffic accidents.

Violations in respect of the use of mobile phones while driving have been increasing year after year

In 2020, the Police established 36,771 violations regarding the use of a mobile phone while driving, which is 17% more than in 2019, while such violations have increased by 100% in the last 9 years. Most offenders (28.5%) are aged from 35 to 44.

Furthermore, it has been found that cyclists and pedestrians – along with drivers – are still insufficiently aware of the risks and hazards related with the use of mobile phones while driving. 

The appeal made by all participants: “Any call, text message, like or post on social networks, can wait. Stop gazing at a screen when you are behind the wheel; mind the traffic, not the web!”

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More details are available at POLICE.

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