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News: VW film puts texting cinemagoers in the driving seat

A powerful new film by VW rams home the anti text-drive message with a bang.


A POWERFUL new film by VW rams home the anti text-drive message with a bang.

Cinemagoers in Hong Kong settle down to watch a movie little realising they are all about to be texted simultaneously. We won’t spoil the surprise.

Figures from the Department for Transport show that reaction times for drivers using a mobile phone fall by around 50%, and that motorists are four times more likely to crash if they use a mobile phone while driving.

In an effort to discourage drivers from using their mobile phone, tough new fines proposed this week could see anyone caught texting at the wheel fined £4,000.

Drivers are permitted to use a hands-free device but if the police think a driver is distracted and not in control of their vehicle, they could stop their car and penalise them.

Read the stories of those affected by texting while driving in last weekend’s The Sunday Times Magazine (a subscription may be required)