Swans join campaign against mobile use while driving

Date: Sep 04, 2014


The Sydney Swans have joined Transport For NSW’s “Get Your Hand Off It” mobile phone distraction campaign.

Road safety remains a hot topic in the state, with road toll figures climbing steadily and a number of drivers continuing to be caught using their mobile phone while they drive. The campaign began in June 2013 after a spate of phone-related incidents, but it seems the message hasn’t caught on.

As such, Transport For NSW has enlisted the Sydney Swans in a new video where players attempt to kick goals and take marks while using their phone. While the clip on the club’s website and YouTube is humorous, it illustrates an important message.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay explained social media has played a large role in the campaign already, with many people watching the Misadventures of Derek series.

“We need to see a generation change in thinking, to make touching your phone while driving just as anti-social a behaviour as drink driving,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the public response to these new videos as the Swans hit their strides during the finals season.”

Mr Gay noted several studies that revealed a the risk of a crash significantly increases when a driver looks away to physically interact with another object.

Swans co-captain Kieren Jack admitted the clip is light-hearted, but it shows how hard it can be to do two things at once.

“It goes without saying that taking a mark or kicking a goal while on the phone is crazy, but we all see those people who take the risk and use their phone while behind the wheel,” he said.

Mr Jack had a clear message for the NSW community.

“It only takes a split second for something to go wrong, and taking your eyes off the road to look at your phone – whether you’re texting, tweeting or checking your email – is really dangerous.”

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