THINK! MOBILE PHONE CAMPAIGN – OCTOBER 2017
Today (Wednesday, October 25), THINK! launched its latest campaign, which features a video directed by the people behind the music video for Pharrell William’s hit Happy. The campaign asks young drivers – who are less likely to consider mobile phone use a dangerous behaviour according to the latest research – to put their phone away by highlighting just what you miss when you glance at your phone.
The film was directed by duo We Are From LA. It is shot in the style of a music video and uses vibrant colours and an edgy soundtrack to engage the young audience and challenge the misconception that a quick glance at your phone won’t hurt.
The four-week campaign, which also includes two radio adverts, will run in cinemas, online and on social media. Since March 1, motorists caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving face a £200 fine and six points on their licence. Drivers caught twice face a lengthy ban – which could also then lead to a £1,000 fine. While new drivers – those who have passed within the last two years – face having their licence revoked if caught just once. More than 15,000 fines have been issued to drivers using a handheld phone since the new penalties were introduced.
Following the March THINK! campaign, awareness of the penalties increased by 89% and 47% of those that had seen the adverts said they were less likely to use their phone when driving as a result. The approach is a break from the normal hard-hitting THINK! campaigns as it is proven to be more effective at influencing the target audience – those aged 17 to 34. This age group is three times more likely than over 35s to use a handheld mobile while driving.
THINK! is urging Android smartphone users to download the Car Mode app or if using an iPhone, its drive safe mode, which automatically detects when you’re driving, and silences incoming calls and messages. RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said:
“The RAC’s latest research reveals that the problem is still at epidemic proportions with a hard core of drivers persisting in texting, talking, tweeting and even taking photos at the wheel. “We therefore welcome THINK!’s thought-provoking video, which highlights the dangers of a two-second glance at your phone while driving. Motorists risk a 2 collision with potentially fatal consequences which could change their life, and the lives of others, forever. “We hope that this will help persuade more drivers to put away their handheld mobile phone for good when driving and be phone smart.”
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, said:
“Driving while distracted by a mobile phone is completely unacceptable and puts everyone on the roads at risk of serious harm. Police are making use of the tougher penalties to clamp down on this dangerous behaviour – but we have to be clear that when you get behind the wheel it is your responsibility to stay focused and alert. “As this campaign makes clear, it only takes a few seconds of distraction to change lives forever.”