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Police Hour Supports ‘Don’t stream & Drive’ Campaign

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Police Hour have pledged our support once again to back a campaign which is aimed at deterring motorists jumping in a car and using a mobile phone to film themselves behind the wheel.

We feel it is vitally important that members of the public do not use their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Sergeant Dewson-Smyth from Cheshire Police who has live streamed on Periscope every day for 233 days to spread the message of #DontStreamAndDrive after noticing members of the public are live-streaming themselves driving.

This urged the Sergeant to launch his #DontStreamAndDrive campaign which was launched in April 2016 since then support has grown massively and another Thunderclap event is planned for Tuesday 3rd April 2018.

Last years event was a huge success and reached over 35 million social media users. It is hoped that this years event will also Trend on social media and raise vital awareness not to stream and drive behind the wheel because it does cost lives.

Police Hour has supported the Campaign since it launched in 2016 and will once again pledge our support to Sgt Dewson-Smyth who never passes off on the opportunity to promote road safety within policing.

Having bumped into Sgt Dewson-Smyth at the Police Twitter awards he is a truly genuine cop who cares about protecting people on the roads and reducing phone-related road deaths.

His passion and dedication shines on each and every interaction and live stream.

Sgt Dewson-Smyth told the Police Federation “The law, in allowing hands-free calls, has unfortunately conditioned people to think it is okay to use a phone in the car. In fact it’s been shown that the reaction times of people distracted by a phone, is even worse than drink driving.”

He cites an example of driver on the M6 who was jailed for killing a motorway workman. The driver had sent over a dozen messages over 20 miles while driving at 80mph. In another case a Lamborghini driver broadcasted live to Periscope while at the wheel in London. Sgt Dewson-Smyth, sitting 200 miles away, was able to collect the evidence from social media and pass it to the Met Police, resulting in the man being disqualified and fined.

He added: “It’s difficult to imagine a burglar live streaming a break-in and yet we’ve got people committing offences at the wheel and they are putting the evidence on social media. Some say to me ‘what’s wrong with streaming music?’ and my answers is nothing, as long as you are not messing around with the phone – anything which involves taking the driver’s attention is dangerous.”

If you’d like to support the campaign on 3rd April go to the Don’tStreamAndDrive site.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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