Kill the conversation

The National Campaign for Courtesy is again delighted to be working with Road Safety Champion GEM Motoring Assist to produce a ‘Courtesy Code’ for users of mobile phones.

Peter Foot, Chairman of the Campaign for Courtesy, said, “When you are out and about in places such as theatres, restaurants, trains, buses, libraries, art galleries, and many more, it is important to respect others when using your mobile phone. It is easy enough to do if we follow a few simple rules, and not only shows good manners but also makes situations more comfortable and pleasant for our fellow citizens.”

The Mobile Courtesy Code

  • Keep your voice down. Shouting is not necessary.
  • Speak quietly in public places such as buses or trains.
  • Try to text, or e-mail your communication to avoid speech that may disturb others.
  • Never leave your mobile on a table or desk at a meeting, or restaurant, even when it is on ‘vibrate’.
  • When using the phone to play electronic games, switch the sound off.
  • Never hold a phone conversation when carrying out another task with others.

David Williams MBE, Chief Executive of GEM Motoring Assist, is also concerned about the illegal use of phones by drivers and said, “The temptation to use your mobile while driving can be greatly reduced if you turn it off and keep it out of reach.

“Although it is important to keep a mobile phone with you in the car in case of an emergency situation it is illegal and dangerous to use a hand-held mobile phone and it should only be used when you have stopped your car in a safe place,” added David.

It has been announced by the Government that fixed penalty notices for illegally using a hand-held phone by drivers will increase from £60 to £100. In addition drivers will also receive 3 penalty points on their licence.

Research has shown that motorists who us a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to have a crash and reaction times are around 50% slower for drivers holding a phone conversation.

For a free copy of the leaflet or to watch the short video, click Kill the Conversation.