Mobile phone safety warning issued in Harleston
- 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.
You may also want to watch:
'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.
- 1 Man in his 50s dies after head-on collision on A143
- 2 Man dies after medical emergency on beach
- 3 'Never seen anything like it' - Norfolk Christmas shopping frenzy has begun
- 4 Man arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving after fatal crash
- 5 Gilmour advised to quit City for Rangers loan return
- 6 'Landmark' former Tuttles store could be set for new lease of life
- 7 'Glagoon' returns to Norfolk beach and locals are loving it
- 8 Norfolk roadworks to be aware of this week
- 9 Top five Norfolk campsites according to Tripadvisor
- 10 OPINION: Norfolk's coast needs some soul-searching to decide its future
PC Jim Squires, police beat manager for Harleston, has given his support to the safety campaign.
Have you got a Harleston story? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01379 651153.