Mobile phone safety warning issued in Harleston

Norman Hart, chairman of Harleston's Future, is invovled in the mock accident to higlhight the dang

Norman Hart, chairman of Harleston's Future, is invovled in the mock accident to higlhight the dangers of using mobile phones - Credit: Archant

An on-going safety campaign in Harleston has issued its latest advice on how people can stay safe on its streets by telling them not to use mobile phones while crossing roads.

The Think For Each Other community pledge has highlighted the dangers of people talking, texting or listening on mobile phones while crossing roads.

The warning is part of a New Year's Eve community resolution for the town that was set up by Harleston's Future, a group concerned with the social, economic and environmental well-being of the town.

Norman Hart, chairman of Harleston's Future, said: 'Crossing the road while texting, talking on a phone or listening to music is very risky.

'Distracted walking, as it is known, has led to many accidents world-wide either by people colliding with fixed objects, other people or vehicles or tripping or falling down holes.


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'Legislation shouldn't be necessary, common sense says we should firmly hold our safety in our own hands. Not only is it about looking after ourselves, but thinking for the other person and how they would feel if we walked out in front of their car and they hit us.'

To highlight the problem, Mr Hart arranged a mock accident as he was on his mobile phone as he crossed a road.

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PC Jim Squires, police beat manager for Harleston, has given his support to the safety campaign.

Have you got a Harleston story? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk or call 01379 651153.

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